McCoy is off to a slow start with Buffalo this season, and he is scheduled to count roughly $9 million against the salary cap in 2019.
It helped that the Eagles had already been linked to Bell, in large part because of a late-September report from Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.
The team was fairly cap strapped, but with Fletcher Cox's contract reworked, the Eagles now have about $11 million in cap space, according to Spotrac.
Adding a running back the caliber of Bell or Johnson would give the Eagles offense a much-needed boost.
If the Eagles have their way, that's a possibility.
The Eagles are 2-3 on the season after falling to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. That automatically fueled rumors of a trade for Le'Veon Bell, but ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen reported that is not Philadelphia's plan. So if he's not the primary trade target for the Eagles now, he's a solid fallback option if Bell is genuinely available but is deemed to be more risky overall.
When a team loses a star running back, you might expect them to try and find another. Those players include Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood, Darren Sproles and Josh Adams, all of whom have already seen playing time this season. Players at that position now without a contract include Mike Gillislee, Orleans Darkwa, Terrance West and Christine Michael.
Could LeSean McCoy be heading back to Philadelphia?