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LeSean McCoy trade could have Raiders free agency, draft implications

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One of the more rare types of trades these days are the ones which involve a player for a player with no draft choices involved. That is exactly what happened Tuesday with the Eagle and Bills striking a deal that would send running back LeSean McCoy to Buffalo in exchange for linebacker Kiko Alonso.

For the Eagles it was a matter of cash. McCoy was to make $24.25 million over the next three seasons including a cap hit of over $10 million this season. Chip Kelly didn't see that as a good value so he sent him to the Bills in exchange for his old linebacker form University of Oregon.

So, what does this mean for the Raiders?

First of all, Chip Kelly likes acquiring his former Ducks players. That had led a lot of people to think that perhaps he will attempt to move up in April's draft to get his former quarterback, Marcus Mariota.

If Mariota were to not be chosen in the first two picks, that trade proposal could be with the Raiders. That trade seems more likely than the Eagles attempting to jump up into the first two picks to get him. The cost of such moves goes down considerably with each pick.

Part of any such trade was expected to include LeSean McCoy, which would instantly add the kind of playmaker the Raiders need at the running back position. Without him, they may not have the ammunition to make the jump all the way from the 20th pick to 4th overall. It doesn't make it impossible, it just makes it much less likely.

As for free agency, McCoy's addition in Buffalo has ensured current Bills running back, C.J. Spiller will become a free agent on March 10. He received a call from the Bills shortly after the trade was official and then made the statement "I will not be returning to Buffalo."

Spiller topped my Raiders free agent wishlist for running backs so his certain availability strengthens the possibility he could come to Oakland and be the speedy change-up back complement to Latavius Murray in the Raiders backfield.

Call it a ripple effect. One player for one player all the way in Philadelphia and Buffalo, felt on the opposite side of the country.