Questions linger about LeSean McCoy’s future with Bills
Brandon Beane was arguably the most active general manager in the NFL this offseason. Much of that time has been insisting that veteran back LeSean McCoy is still the team’s starter in the backfield. However, questions have persisted about McCoy’s future with the team.
The latest such talk comes from Ryan Talbot of NewYorkUpstate.com, who lists McCoy first among Bills starters from 2018 who could be gone before the 2019 season starts.
LeSean McCoy’s status with the Bills came into question when the team selected Devin Singletary in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Beane has since stated that McCoy will be the Bills’ Week 1 starter, but that doesn’t mean that McCoy will last the season in Buffalo.
McCoy is coming off of the worst season of his professional career (3.2 YPC), but the Bills should expect the veteran to rebound after revamping their offensive line. If McCoy’s struggles persist, he could lose reps to the aforementioned Singletary, Frank Gore and T.J. Yeldon.
McCoy will turn 31 in July and is coming off a season in which he had a career low in rushing yards (514) as well. McCoy’s age, his declining production and his $6.175 million base salary could all make the Bills decide they’d be better off without him.
However, the better question might be whether or not any other team would want McCoy at this point in his career. The market for aging running backs is already razor thin, and to continue to draw interest, a runner of McCoy’s age needs to produce like someone much younger. He hasn’t shown the ability to do that of late.