PHILADELPHIA -- The purge, which began Dec. 29 with the firing of Chip Kelly, is not over for the Philadelphia Eagles.
The team continues to shed players Kelly acquired during a frenetic 2015 offseason. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday that cornerback Byron Maxwell and linebacker Kiko Alonso could be traded to the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday. The trade has been worked out but cannot be executed until the start of the new league year.
Maxwell was the Eagles’ big free-agent acquisition last year. The former Seattle Seahawk, who signed a six-year, $63-million contract, played in 14 games in 2015 and had two interceptions.
Alonso was acquired in the trade that sent running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills. The 2013 defensive rookie of the year missed the 2014 season with a torn ACL. He never looked like the player he was expected to be and missed five games with a knee injury.
After trading McCoy to the Bills, Kelly sought to add two running backs to share the workload. He signed Murray to a five-year, $40-million contract and Mathews to a three-year, $11-million deal.
Murray started eight of the Eagles’ first 10 games. He missed one game with a hamstring injury. He was relegated to playing a relief role for the final five games behind Mathews and Darren Sproles. The NFL’s leading rusher in 2014, Murray gained just 702 yards on 193 carries in 2015.
Mathews missed three games with a concussion. He started six games, running for over 100 yards just once. Mathews gained 108 yards in an Eagles’ victory against the New York Jets. He got just eight carries combined in the Eagles’ final two games.
The purge of Kelly’s players began while Kelly was still the coach. Wide receiver Miles Austin, who was signed to a one-year contract worth $2.25 million, was released on Dec. 7.
The Eagles’ chances of trading Murray and Mathews are unclear. Murray is due a guaranteed $8 million salary this season. If released or traded, he would count $13.5 million against the Eagles’ salary cap.
Mathews’ contract is easier to trade. He would count for $3 million in dead money against this year’s cap.