Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly admits that the trade that sent running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills "wasn't handled right".
The Bills travel to the Eagles on Sunday and Kelly says he understands why the 27-year-old was annoyed with Philadelphia after he claimed he wouldn't shake Kelly's hand when the pair meet for the first time since parting ways.
"How he was traded, it wasn't handled right," Kelly conceded.
"I've said that before. I did not get an opportunity to talk to him. And it's a lesson that we should never do. We were told that the trade wasn't initiated and wouldn't be initiated until the next morning. So there were no phone calls to be made.
"And then, all of a sudden, I'm driving to an event and he's been traded. I felt bad that I didn't get a chance to talk to him. I called him. He didn't answer my phone call. I know he was annoyed, and he should be and rightly so."
Kelly said that he will always shake McCoy's hand if ever given the opportunity, saying that he has "great respect" for the running back as a player and person.
"If he doesn't want to shake my hand, I understand it. But I will always shake his," Kelly said. "If he extends his hand to me, I will always shake his hand.
"I have great respect for him as a player. Everything we asked him to do here, he did. He was an outstanding football player for two years [under Kelly] here. The only reason he wasn't here is the money was too high. He's still a really good football player in this league."
When the Eagles traded Nick Foles to the St. Louis Rams for Sam Bradford, Kelly said he and Rams coach Jeff Fisher coordinated their efforts.
"Jeff and me were both on the phone together and said, 'All right, when are you going to make the call? Let's call now,'" Kelly said. "When we've done our phone calls with our players, text each other. He texted me he was done. I texted him I was done. I then called Sam. He then called Nick.
"That's the way it should have been done. It wasn't handled that way with LeSean. I understand why he's unhappy about it, and he should not be happy about it. That's why I would apologize for that. It did not happen the right way."