Philadelphia Eagles Continue the Chip Kelly Purge As Free Agency Looms

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DeMarco Murray’s lone season in Philly was nothing short of an uphill fight.

On a day when Peyton Manning said goodbye to the NFL, Philadelphia Eagles continued to jettison anyone remaining from the Chip Kelly regime.

De Facto GM Howie Roseman, who was demoted during Kelly’s tenure is back in control as Vice President of Football Operations and is wasting no time removing the stench Kelly has left in Philly over the last calendar year.

The Eagles traded top free agent prize cornerback Byron Maxwell and linebacker Kiko Alonso (Acquired in the LeSean McCoy deal) to the Miami Dolphins for yet to be disclosed draft pick(s).

Maxwell looked nothing like the player the Eagles pried away from the fabled Seattle Seahawks Legion of Boom secondary. Julio Jones burned Maxwell for 9 catches for 141 yards and two scores in the Monday Night season opener, laying the groundwork for a disappointing season.

The arrival of Kiko Alonso in Philadelphia will serve as a reminder of everything that went wrong in the 2015 season. Watching Chip Kelly deal a perennial Pro Bowler in LeSean McCoy for a player with one decent season under his belt reeked of a coach who was full of himself and drunk on power. Alonso showed brief flashes, but nothing that could begin to justify moving McCoy.

A few hours later, the Eagles sealed a deal sending disgruntled running back DeMarco Murray to the Tennessee Titans, terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Murray went from the NFL’s leading rusher in 2014 with 1,845 yards and 13 touchdowns to an afterthought, producing less than half those numbers last season. It was obvious Murray wasn’t a good fit in the Eagles offense, rushing for 702 yards and 6 touchdowns. The handwriting was on the wall for Kelly and Murray after the Eagles 35-28 stunner over the New England Patriots last season. Murray reportedly complained to Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie on the flight back to Philadelphia about the way he was being utilized in the offense. This came amid reports Murray ran out of bounds, stopping the clock when the Eagles were clinging to a lead. There is also he well publicized slide that infuriated Kelly to the point where Murray was benched for the remainder of the game. Things were so tense between the Eagles and Murray that new head coach Doug Pederson had not spoken to Murray since being named head coach nearly two months ago.

Don’t expect a great windfall of draft picks for either deal, but the team is in a better position for the NFL Draft than they were 24 hours ago. They still have to eat the guaranteed money dealt to Maxwell and Murray, a small fee when looking at the big picture.

Howie Roseman has waited to rid the Eagles of any reminders of Chip Kelly since the day Kelly was fired. Needless to say Roseman has taken to Kelly’s remnants like Bernadine in ‘Waiting to Exhale’.

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