Many people were stunned by the trade of Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso to the Philadelphia Eagles from running back Lesean McCoy. Many have read and heard the various reasons why it was good or bad. However, you may have not read why they Bills did so.
The reason why Alonso was traded was for two reasons. One of which you have may already have heard. Those are he was expendable due to the defenses play in 2014 and the other, which you may have not, is that Alonso injury history is a big factor.
The first reason you heard various times due to the play of linebackers Preston Brown and Nigel Bradham. The second you haven’t unless your read the various articles on the internet when Alonso hurt his knee prior to the 2014 season.
The reason that Alonso injury history is a big concern is that the Anterior Cruciate Ligament tear is his second of his career. The first came in college in 2009 while in college with the Oregon Ducks that caused him to miss the entire 2009 season. So, what does this mean?
It means that going forward anymore knee injuries could cause a decline in his play. That means the Bills would be with a player that is a shadow of himself which would be a huge problem. The problem is that his contract expiring after the 2016 season which would make the offseason prior a huge headache.
So, why not trade a player who is a huge question mark going forward for a sure fire short-term answer with a defense that played well without him.