After being cut from the Buffalo Bills on Saturday, running back LeSean McCoy didn’t have to wait very long for the call to find out his next destination. That next landing spot will be met by a familiar and friendly face upon his arrival as well. The Kansas City Chiefs, and former McCoy and Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, signed the veteran back just after midnight today.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the Los Angeles Chargers were also in the mix as they try to figure out their next steps in regard to RB Melvin Gordon and his prolonged holdout.
The Bills found McCoy expendable thanks to in large part to the emergence of rookie Devin Singletary from Florida Atlantic University. The third round draft pick, along with veterans Frank Gore and newly acquired T.J. Yeldon, led McCoy to be the odd man out.
As initially reported by NFL.com’s Grant Gordon, McCoy’s deal in Kansas City is worth $3 million with incentives getting that figure to potentially $4 million.
The move makes the Chiefs’ running back room rather crowded, as Damien Williams was poised to lead the bunch following a strong end of season in 2018. Rookie Darwin Thompson had also been making moderate waves in camp. And earlier on Saturday, perhaps as a precursor to the McCoy signing, veteran Carlos Hyde was dealt to Houston for offensive tackle Martinas Rankin.
McCoy, who is a 10-year league-veteran and 31 years old, has 10,606 career rushing yards. In his prime, he was arguably one of the most elusive and entertaining runners in the NFL. In his four seasons in Buffalo, McCoy put up two 1,000+ yards seasons and was a Pro-Bowl player from 2015-2017 for the Bills.
2018 was not a good year for the Pittsburgh alum, as it was the only season in his career he failed to eclipse four yards per carry. In fact, he gained just 3.2 yards per run last season. With a career average of 4.5 yards per carry, familiarity with Reid and an offense led by Patrick Mahomes, McCoy will look to regain the magic he had not so long ago.
The Chiefs have one of the league’s most potent offenses with Mahomes, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. Adding the two-time former All-Pro into the mix will only make them more dangerous. It will be interesting to see what McCoy can make of this opportunity and what this will do to the value and usage of Damien Williams, who was looking to have a breakout year.
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