McCoy Sent to Buffalo for reasons other than money?

“I don’t think he likes or respects the stars. I’m being honest,”

New Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy said of his former head coach, Chip Kelly, to the Philadelphia Inquirer. He went on to state, “I think he likes the fact that it’s Chip Kelly and the Eagles.”

The Buffalo Bills added McCoy in early March in a blockbuster trade with the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for linebacker Kiko Alonso. Now a Buffalo Bill, McCoy had a lot to say about his former head coach.

“I wasn’t traded for financial reasons,” McCoy said.

And he isn’t the only one who believes that. He believes there’s more to Kelly’s reasoning for trading him and making little effort to keep free agent receiver Jeremy Maclin with the Eagles organization.

Days after the trade, ESPN’s analyst and First Take’s co-host Stephen A. Smith also took exception to the surprising swap of LeSean McCoy. Smith boldly stated that Kelly’s decisions since becoming the Eagles head coach, “leave brothers feeling uncomfortable,” and he believes it stems to moves Kelly has made prior to trading McCoy.

On First Take, Smith continued to say, “I think that’s fair to say. I mean, we’re sitting here looking at some of the decisions that Chip Kelly makes and I’m like, ‘What is up? What’s up with that?’ I mean, it’s like you’ve got to be his kind of guy, you know? And I’m like, well, ‘Riley Cooper’s your kind of guy?’”

Smith pointed out that even though Riley Cooper was caught on a cell phone video using the N-word, he faced only minimal consequences and remained on the team. However, for no apparent reason, Kelly traded wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who led the league in 40-yard catches since being drafted by the Eagles, and let Jeremy Maclin go, who led the team in catches in both of the past two years.

It was shocker after shocker. Since Kelly took over the Eagles in 2013, he let go of all of the Eagles’ star players, who just happened to be African-American. It didn’t make sense to trade away their best receivers and now their star running back.

McCoy went on to tell the Philadelphia Inquirer that he lost all hate he initially had for Chip Kelly after the trade.

“If I see him, I’ll speak to him respectfully,” McCoy added.

The Bills are slated to face the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015, but the dates have not yet been announced.

“Everybody wants me to say that I can’t wait to get to Philly to play them,” McCoy told “Sure, I’ll be looking forward to the game. But I don’t think it’ll be a game where I’m circling it on the calendar, where I can’t wait.”

“I’m going to take every game one at a time. I want to give the Bills the type of impression that that I’m a great kid and I’m going to work hard. I’m going to give them everything they want.”