Running back LeSean McCoy had two rather appealing options after being released by the Buffalo Bills. In the end, he opted to pick the Kansas City Chiefs over the Los Angeles Chargers.
McCoy would have had a large role with the Chargers given Melvin Gordon’s ongoing holdout, and may find himself locked in a timeshare in Kansas City. However, he felt comfortable reuniting with Chiefs coach Andy Reid, found Kansas City closer to his seven-year-old son than Los Angeles, and preferred the income tax rate he’d get from signing with the Chiefs instead of playing in California.
McCoy signed with the Chiefs quickly, so he was clearly attracted to the opportunity. Playing with Patrick Mahomes under a coach he’s familiar with should serve him well, and a shared role may help keep him fresh, as he only rushed for 514 yards last year.
Shady McCoy already has a new team.
LeSean McCoy will be joining the Kansas City Chiefs on a 1-year deal with $3 million guaranteed. The deal can be worth up to $4 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The move comes the same day McCoy was cut by the Buffalo Bills, who opted to go with Frank Gore and Devin Singletary instead.
Joining Kansas City will reunite McCoy with Andy Reid. Reid’s Eagles drafted McCoy out of Pitt in 2009. McCoy played six seasons for Philadelphia — four under Reid and then two under Chip Kelly before Kelly traded away the back.
McCoy is now 31 and averaged just 3.2 yards per carry last season, but he is a good pass-catching back, which is essential for Reid’s offense. The Eagles, Chargers and Patriots were other teams McCoy was said to have been considering.
LeSean McCoy was cut by the Buffalo Bills on Saturday and could find a new landing spot.
The Bills brought in several new backs over the offseason, including veteran Frank Gore and rookie draft pick Devin Singletary. That put pressure on McCoy, who averaged just 3.2 yards per carry last season.
Cutting McCoy clears over $6 million in salary cap space for the Bills.
WIVB sports director Josh Reed reports that the Los Angeles Chargers are a potential landing spot for McCoy:
As Reed notes, there are two good reasons why McCoy could make sense for the Chargers. Their star running back Melvin Gordon is holding out. Also, head coach Anthony Lynn was an offensive coach in Buffalo when McCoy was there.
Now 31, there are questions about how effective McCoy can be moving forward. The veteran finishes sixth in Bills history with 3,814 rushing yards.
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10. Karl Joseph, S, Oakland Raiders
The Raiders did not pick up the fifth-year option on former first-round pick Karl Joseph, which is a potential sign of things to come. The team also inked fellow safety Lamarcus Joyner to a four-year, $42 million deal before selecting Alabama’s Johnathan Abram in the first round of the draft, leaving very little room at a suddenly crowded position. Not only would that series of moves seems to indicate Joseph’s job is on the line, but it could very well indicate that his career in Oakland is on the line.
For the first time since 2010, LeSean McCoy did not start a game in which he played. That was due to a disciplinary measure from his head coach.
McCoy said after the Buffalo Bills’ 24-12 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday that he did not start as punishment from Sean McDermott.
Keith Ford started and received a carry on the Bills’ first play from scrimmage. McCoy then entered the game and received a carry on the next play.
Shady had 9 yards on six carries and 3 catches for 10 yards in the game. Ford rushed for 33 yards, so it really didn’t matter who carried the ball for the Bills as they didn’t get much going on the ground all day.
The Buffalo Bills could be quite thin at running back on Sunday against the Detroit Lions.
LeSean McCoy and Chris Ivory are both listed as questionable for the game. ESPN’s Adam Schefter says McCoy is not expected to play, while Ivory won’t know until before the game whether he can play.
McCoy left Buffalo’s Week 14 loss to the Jets after hurting his hamstring in the first quarter. He has just 689 total yards and two touchdowns on the season. Ivory has dealt with a shoulder injury on and off over the past month. He has 499 total yards and a touchdown this season.
A woman who was attacked during a home invasion at a property owned by LeSean McCoy back in July says the NFL star went to great lengths to cover up the crime, which McCoy was previously accused of orchestrating.
Elizabeth Donald, a friend of McCoy’s ex-girlfriend Delicia Cordon, says she was also attacked when a masked man broke into the home on July 10. Both Donald and Cordon have publicly accused McCoy of sending a man to the house to retrieve jewelry and other items for the Bills running back, and Donald said in new court documents this week that McCoy later cleaned up the crime scene.
According to TMZ, court documents filed on Dec. 11 claim McCoy has since “caused the residence to be scrubbed down with bleach and other cleaning agents in an egregious attempt to spoil any remaining evidence in the residence.”
Both Donald and Cordon say they were pistol whipped by a masked man during the attack, and no arrests have been made in the case. The women have filed separate lawsuits against McCoy alleging that he orchestrated the attack. McCoy has adamantly denied having any involvement, and his status with the Bills this season has not been impacted.
LeSean McCoy has dealt with hamstring injuries at various points throughout his career, and the Buffalo Bills running back suffered another during Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets.
McCoy underwent an MRI on Monday, and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that he has been diagnosed with a strain. He is considered day-to-day.
While that isn’t the worst news, any hamstring issue for McCoy is a concern given the severity of the ones he has dealt with in the past. He’s also 30 and is having the worst season of his career, so the Bills might end up taking that into consideration.
McCoy is set to count roughly $9 million against the salary cap in 2019, but the Bills insist they are not looking to part ways with him. However, he is averaging just 3.3 yards per carry this season and clearly on the downside of his career. If McCoy can’t stay healthy, it would not be a surprise if the team has a change of heart this spring.
When the Buffalo Bills chose not to trade LeSean McCoy at the deadline earlier this week, that seemed like a good sign that they intend to keep him at least through the end of his contract in 2019. Bills general manager Brandon Beane has now confirmed the team plans to do just that.
In an interview with Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News, Beane was asked if the decision to not trade McCoy means he will be with the team next season.
“Definitely. That’s the whole key. LeSean is still a very good player in this league,” Beane said. “Our offense is not where we want it, but LeSean is still playing well. He’s a talented player. We like what he brings, to the point we’ll have him back in 2019. He’ll definitely be a part of that.”
McCoy’s base salary for 2019 is currently just north of $6 million, which isn’t all that unreasonable when you consider that guys like Todd Gurley and David Johnson are making roughly double that. However, McCoy will turn 31 this summer.
As ESPN’s Mike Rodak notes, McCoy ranks 31st among qualifying NFL running backs with just 3.43 yards per carry this season. He also admitted after Monday night’s loss to the New England Patriots that he is “not playing well at all right now,” which is the opposite of what Beane said.
The off-field drama McCoy found himself wrapped up in recently appears to be no threat to his playing status, but it’s somewhat surprising that a rebuilding team would rather stick with him than draft a running back to develop alongside Josh Allen. Of course, there’s still a chance Beane could change his mind over the offseason.
LeSean McCoy was ruled out for the remainder of the Buffalo Bills’ game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday with a head injury.
McCoy landed on his head after a first quarter run and exited the game.
McCoy was evaluated and later downgraded to out for the remainder of the game.
McCoy had two carries for one yard before leaving the game. Chris Ivory carried the load for the Bills following McCoy’s injury.