SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- So much has been made of Chip Kelly’s fast-paced offense and how the players on the San Francisco 49ers roster fit into it going forward.
And for good reason.
But what about the players Kelly had on the Philadelphia Eagles, guys who might be available via trade or free agency? They would seemingly be targets for Kelly ... so long as general manager Trent Baalke signs off because, remember, Kelly is in Santa Clara to coach, not deal with personnel issues.
At least, that was the narrative presented by the Niners in Kelly’s introductory media conference last month.
Still, NFL Nation colleague Phil Sheridan gave us a primer with “Chip Kelly guys” who might be “vulnerable” in Philadelphia and, thus, possibly obtainable for Kelly's 49ers.
Here are three names to chew on ...
WR Riley Cooper: Um, yeah, about that whole racial epithet thing at the Kenny Chesney concert three years ago ... would Cooper, who was given a five-year, $22.5 million contract by Kelly after the incident but cut by the Eagles on Monday, have to explain himself again in a new locker room? Strictly as a player, though, Cooper could be the possession receiver replacement for pending unrestricted free agent and Walter Payton Man of the Year Anquan Boldin, who turns 35 in October. Cooper caught 21 passes (his fewest since 2011) for 327 yards and two TDs last season.
QB Sam Bradford: Maybe this is why Kelly was lukewarm on Colin Kaepernick when asked about him in that presser. Kelly brought the former No. 1 overall pick to Philadelphia last year to run his offense and, while the results were mixed -- career highs in completion percentage (65.0), passing yards (3,725) and interceptions (14) in going 7-7 in 14 starts -- he does know Kelly’s system. Plus, he’s due to become an unrestricted free agent.
LB Kiko Alonso: A “Kelly Guy” by any definition as he was not only acquired by Kelly in a trade from the Buffalo Bills for LeSean McCoy, but Alonso also played for Kelly at Oregon. Might he be a perfect complement to NaVorro Bowman inside the Niners’ 3-4 scheme? Alonso is still under contract, though, and would need to be cut or traded for the Niners to acquire him.