Chiefs’ Andy Reid explains the reasoning in signing RB LeSean McCoy
The Kansas City Chiefs swooped up perhaps the biggest name let go on cutdown day when they added running back LeSean McCoy. McCoy was surprisingly released by the Bills, who he had spent the past four seasons with.
The Chiefs wasted no time, inking McCoy nearly immediately to a one-year deal. They gave him significant money, a $4 million pact with $3 million guaranteed, signaling that they expect him to get significant run.
The addition of McCoy led to a lot of questions about how the Chiefs are going to split up carries in their backfield. Damien Williams had been the projected starter, and it’s unclear exactly how this will affect his playing time.
Speaking to the media for the first time since the signing, head coach Andy Reid sought to explain the decision to bring on McCoy.
“We looked at the tape. I’ve known him a long time. He still has the great feet, the vision. We’re lucky to have Damien here, who we consider a starter. I think it’s a great situation for them to be in,” Reid said, via Nate Taylor of The Athletic.
Reid has a lengthy history with McCoy, as he coached the Pittsburgh product when they were both with the Eagles. Reid insisted the team still sees Williams as a starter, but that’s partially contradicted by the amount of money they gave McCoy.
The Chiefs also have intriguing rookie Darwin Thompson, who they drafted in the sixth-round.
No matter how things get sorted out, they didn’t give McCoy $3 million guaranteed for him to ride the bench.