LeSean McCoy has a new home in Kansas City. With roster cut day on Saturday, the Buffalo Bills decided to move on from the six time Pro Bowler. Less than 15 hours later, news broke that he was signing with the Kansas City Chiefs.
His deal is reportedly for one year and $3 million. He can earn up to $4 million with incentives.
Big Red Reunion
McCoy, a 10 year veteran, has played for Andy Reid before. When Reid was coaching the Philadelphia Eagles, he drafted McCoy in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. While playing for Reid, the ball carrier amassed over 5,400 total yards. He also found the end zone 38 times, including having 20 total touchdowns in 2011.
Even current Chiefs general manager Brett Veach was there in Philadelphia during this time. Veach worked as both a coaches’ assistant and a scout under Reid, when McCoy was running rampant for the Eagles. The infatuation both guys hold for McCoy made this a possible match after the Bills cut him.
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Looking To Rebound
Despite eclipsing 1,000 rushing yards in both 2016 and 2017 with Buffalo, McCoy had a career low in yardage last season. He had 514 rushing yards and 3.2 yards per carry. There is some hard runs that McCoy can occasionally churn out. But overall, he is looking to refine that burst he had earlier in his career. He’s always had great vision and cutback ability. Now, McCoy get a chance to rejuvenate with one of the league’s best offenses.
Believe it or not, this is the first time an Andy Reid backfield will have a running back over 30 years old since 2004. Watching how the 31 year old McCoy meshes with a younger backfield should be interesting. I expect Kansas City to go running back by committee, with the backs sharing touches each game. It may also depend on which rusher has the hottest hand. The Chiefs can also run multiple two running back sets. Just imagine having to cover Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, Travis Kelce, Mecole Hardman, Damien Williams/Darwin Thompson and McCoy all at once, though. We also know how good of a play designer Reid is.
Besides the ties with Reid and Veach, McCoy knows the offensive system well. He still has some burst, and he can make an impact as a receiving back. It’s also evident that McCoy can excel in pass protection.
There’s also another bonus of the McCoy signing. Reports suggested the division rival Chargers were heavily interested. Additionally, they offered him a similar deal to the one he signed. Being able to try and revitalize LeSean McCoy, rather than facing him down the line could be important.
– Braden Holecek is the Kansas City Chiefs managing editor for Full Press Coverage. He covers the NFL. Like and follow on Follow @ebearcat9//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Follow @FPC_Chiefs//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js and Facebook.