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LeSean McCoy aiming to reach 12,000 career rushing yards

LeSean McCoy is still without a team on the eve of training camp, but the veteran running back hasn’t given up on finding one with a goal in mind.

McCoy said on NFL Network’s “NFL Now” that he has had discussions with a few unnamed teams, and wants to find the right fit where he can compete for a championship. He added that his goal is to eclipse the 12,000 yard mark for career rushing yards.

“You talk about that number. That number’s 12,000,” McCoy said, via Kevin Patra of NFL.com. “That’s something that I’ve always wanted to achieve. That’s big to me. Right now, I’m just talked to a couple of teams — some of my favorite teams — that I’d think would be a great fit for me. I won’t tell you exactly.

McCoy currently sits at 11,071 career rushing yards, leaving him 929 yards shy of his goal. If he can find a consistent role, he could probably achieve that mark within a year or two. The fact that he hasn’t been able to find a job doesn’t bode well for him, though, especially after one of his former teams never acted on its reported interest earlier in the offseason.

LeSean McCoy calls himself a Hall of Famer in since-deleted Instagram post

LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy has had some outstanding seasons in what has turned out to be a lengthy NFL career, but has he compiled a Hall of Fame-worthy resume? That will be a highly debated topic when McCoy retires, though he thinks he already has the answer.

McCoy, who intends to play in 2020 but remains a free agent, took to Instagram recently to thank some of his family members and former teammates for all their support over his first 11 seasons in the NFL. However, he made it clear that he is not retiring by concluding the post with “HOF on the way when I SAY I’m Done.”

The post has since been deleted, so perhaps McCoy thought better of prematurely enshrining himself in Canton. Current Hall of Famers might be bothered by a player who has not even become eligible yet already declaring himself worthy of joining them, and it’s almost always a better look for a player to remain humble even if he believes he deserves to be in the Hall.

So, does he?

McCoy has a decent chance of making it to Canton, but his career stats place him in somewhat complicated territory. McCoy currently ranks 22nd all time in the NFL with 11,071 rushing yards. Of the 21 players ahead of him, 16 are currently enshrined in the Hall of Fame. Two others — Frank Gore and Adrian Peterson — are still playing but are locks to be inducted when they retire. The three who are not in the Hall are Fred Taylor, Steven Jackson and Corey Dillon. Just below McCoy on the list you will see names like Tiki Barber and Eddie George, who have been eligible for the Hall of Fame for several years and not gotten in. Barber rushed for 10,449 yards in his career, while George had 10,441.

McCoy is a six-time Pro Bowler, which is more than any of the aforementioned players. He also should get a resume booster from the 3,797 receiving yards he has racked up in his career.

Clearly, McCoy has a case. He is hardly a lock, however, which is probably why he got some negative feedback and decided to remove the Instagram post. His main focus at the moment should be on trying to convince a team to sign him, and we know of at least one that is said to have interest.

Report: Eagles have interest in bringing back LeSean McCoy

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The Philadelphia Eagles have been looking to add a veteran running back this offseason, and one of the scenarios they have discussed is bringing back LeSean McCoy.

ESPN’s Tim McManus reported on Thursday that the Eagles have narrowed their focus to McCoy, Devonta Freeman and Carlos Hyde. The team is looking to add one of the three veteran backs in the near future.

McCoy, who turns 32 in July, said recently that he would like to return to Philadelphia to help mentor young running back Miles Sanders. McManus notes that the Eagles are high on Sanders and believe he can become a Pro Bowl player, so perhaps McCoy’s enthusiasm about working with the former second-round pick will be enough to convince Philly to bring him back.

Of the three veteran backs, Hyde was the most productive last season. He rushed for over 1,000 yards with the Houston Texans and averaged 4.4 yards per carry, which was the second-highest mark of his career. McCoy rushed for just 465 yards and appeared to fall out of favor with Andy Reid in Kansas City.

Freeman, 28, is the youngest of the three veteran backs the Eagles have interest in, but he averaged a career-low 3.6 yards per carry last season. He also has at least one other known suitor.

LeSean McCoy wants to mentor Miles Sanders with Eagles

LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy is still without a team, but he knows exactly who he’d like to play for and what role he’d like to play for them.

McCoy said he would like to return to the Philadelphia Eagles in order to mentor young standout Miles Sanders.

“I think they have an emerging superstar coming up with a lot of talent,” McCoy said on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football,” via Jaylon Thompson of 247 Sports. “I could see myself helping him out, showing him the ropes. I think, when I was there when I was young, I had Westbrook. He was kind of banged up and he left the next year. I never really had older guys showing me the ropes.”

McCoy turns 32 in July. He had 465 yards rushing for the Kansas City Chiefs last year, and is clearly more of a mentor figure than a lead back at this point. The Chiefs didn’t have much use for him toward the end of his time there. Maybe the Eagles would have more use for him, but there’s no clear indication that they’re interested.

LeSean McCoy reportedly likely to be inactive for Super Bowl LIV

LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy has received almost no usage down the stretch for the Kansas City Chiefs, and that looks likely to continue for Super Bowl LIV.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, McCoy is likely to be inactive for Sunday’s game, with the Chiefs dressing two running backs and preferring to use the other available active roster spot on defense.

McCoy has gone from starting nine regular season games to getting one playoff snap. This will be the second time he has been inactive for a playoff game, as he didn’t factor in Kansas City’s AFC Championship win over Tennessee.

The veteran running back tallied 465 rushing yards this season, a career low. He had a big choice to make at the start of the year and opted to play in Kansas City. It may get him a Super Bowl ring, but he won’t have played a big part in the playoff run either way.

Several key Chiefs players late to stadium week after equipment fiasco

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The Kansas City Chiefs dealt with an unusual situation with their equipment before their game against the New England Patriots last week, and on Sunday it was the players who were late to the stadium.

A week after the Chiefs needed a police escort to get their equipment to Gillette Stadium on time, several key players — including LeSean McCoy and Sammy Watkins — were reportedly late to arrive at Arrowhead Stadium. It was snowing pretty heavily prior to game time, so that was likely a factor.

Kansas City gets over an average of a foot of snow per year, so Chiefs players should be prepared to deal with it. Patrick Mahomes was on the field chatting with Denver Broncos rookie quarterback Drew Luck well before kickoff.

Last week, Kansas City’s equipment was somehow sent to New Jersey instead of Foxboro. A police escort was needed to help the Chiefs avoid having to forfeit, and they went on to beat the Patriots. They’ll be hoping tardy players yield the same results as tardy equipment on Sunday.

LeSean McCoy reportedly suffered ankle injury Sunday

LeSean McCoy

Kansas City Chiefs running back LeSean McCoy is nursing an ankle injury, though it’s not thought to be serious.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, McCoy suffered the injury late in the Chiefs’ 28-10 win over the Oakland Raiders. He will undergo an MRI to determine the severity, but there does not appear to be significant concern regarding the nature of it.

The 31-year-old is locked in a running back by committee role on the pass-happy Chiefs. He got only 23 yards on 11 carries Sunday. He also has some history with a troubling ankle, but this will hopefully pass quickly.

LeSean McCoy shares why he picked Chiefs over Chargers

LeSean McCoy

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.

LeSean McCoy to sign with Chiefs after being cut by Bills

LeSean McCoy

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.

Report: LeSean McCoy could land with Chargers after release by Bills

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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.