LeSean McCoy was unemployed for less than a day. After the shocking news that the Buffalo Bills cut him from their 53-man roster this Saturday, the Kansas City chiefs immediately contacted him to organize a reunion with his previous Philadelphia Eagles coach, Andy Reid.
The former Eagles and Bills running back, sometimes referred to as Shady, has signed a one-year deal worth $4 million with $3 million guaranteed. McCoy was in Buffalo for four years, but the 31-year-old running back was coming off one of the worst seasons of his career averaging a 3.2 yards per carry.
However, McCoy remains a great asset for the Chiefs. After Kareem Hunt’s shocking release last year, Damien Williams has really stepped up to the plate and deserved his number one spot at the running back position after the training camp. But McCoy could help a great deal with carrying the ball. Even with his age and low stats, McCoy could still be a serious contributor to an already explosive Chiefs offense. Not to put any shade on Buffalo, but the Harrisburg native will have the opportunity to play with the MVP Mahomes this season and this could change his performance. Around him, a whole bunch of great players remained in Kansas City such as Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins. Plus, Reid’s past experience with the back will also help to find the right strategy to use LeSean McCoy the best way possible.
But regardless of how many times he will get on the field, or what his role in the team ends up being by the end of the season, this move is very important for the rest of McCoy’s career. Not only is he now playing with a Super Bowl contender, but the fact he will be more a helper than a starter could also allow him to keep a profile low enough to renew his image.
The six-time Pro Bowler is going to bring all his experience to this explosive young team to, hopefully, win the Saint Grail this season.
McCoy broke his silence on Twitter Sunday, just hours after he signed with Kansas City.
“I would like to thank the entire Buffalo Bills organization, Terry and Kim Pegula, Coach McDermott, Brandon Beane, Doug Whaley, Anthony Lynn and Rex Ryan. It was a great ride and the #BillsMafia fans are amazing I am going to miss you. Excited to be a chief and back with ANDY!!”
As ESPN’s Adam Schefter put it, “LeSean McCoy started his day as a Bill, ended it as a Chief, and now has a chance to try to help his former HC win their first Super Bowl together.”