McCoy said Wednesday that the NFL is still investigating a July incident involving an attack against his ex-girlfriend at a home he owns in the Atlanta area, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports. McCoy maintains his innocence after being accused of orchestrating the attack. Meanwhile, Bills general manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott have both said they expect the 30-year-old running back to stay with the team for 2019, apparently unfazed by the accusations or his career-worst season in 2018. The team could quickly change its tune if McCoy ultimately faces legal consequences and/or NFL discipline.
Bills general manager Brandon Beane reiterated Monday that McCoy is part of the team's plan for 2019, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports. "LeSean will come back in 2019 and we'll go from there," Beane said. Rather than angling for a pay cut, the Bills have repeatedly gone out of their way to support McCoy, with Beane and coach Sean McDermott both making similar comments in recent weeks. It's an implicit admission the offensive line was a complete disaster, as there's no other justification for retaining a 30-year-old running back with a non-guaranteed $6.43 million salary coming off a season with 3.2 yards per carry, 5.2 yards per target and three touchdowns in 14 games. The circumstances this season obviously were difficult, but it's hard to see why the Bills have no hesitation about making him one of the better-compensated running backs in the league yet again.
McCoy rushed 10 times for 26 yards and a touchdown while catching two of three targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 42-17 win over the Dolphins. He finishes the season with 514 yards and three touchdowns on 161 carries, along with 238 yards on 34 catches. Buffalo could save $3.8 million of the $6.425 million owed McCoy next season by cutting the 30-year-old running back, and that option will at least receive consideration after his production fell off a cliff this season. There are no immediate replacements on the roster, however, so perhaps he'll be back in a starting role with the team next year after all. Either way, you should have no problem snagging him in the later rounds come draft day next season.
Coach Sean McDermott suggested Wednesday he wants McCoy back in Buffalo in 2019, Chris Brown of the Bills' official website reports. "Overall, I'm really excited about where we're going and LeSean being a part of that," McDermott said. "I know this year wasn't what he had hoped it would be and the biggest thing I want to see is what we're going to do to get it back to where it needs to be." McDermott brought McCoy off the bench in Sunday's 24-12 loss to the Patriots, citing an unexplained "situation" as the explanation for Keith Ford making a start. The 30-year-old running back has one season left on his five-year, $40 million contract, with the Bills able to clear up $6.43 million in 2019 cap space if they trade or release him during the offseason, per OverTheCap.com. While it may seem like an obvious decision after the worst season of McCoy's career, McDermott seems to be acknowledging that the ugly statistics are partially a product of the overall lack of talent in the Buffalo offense. A pay cut might ultimately make sense for both sides, as McCoy would have a hard time finding $6 million in guaranteed money on the open market. As for the immediate future, the Bills close out their season with a Week 17 home game against Miami.
McCoy rushed six times for nine yards and caught all three of his targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 24-12 loss to the Patriots. McCoy didn't get the start due to a"situation" with coach Sean McDermott, and he was outplayed by Buffalo's only other healthy running back -- fourth-stringer Keith Ford (33 yards on seven carries). The 30-year-old running back is averaging just 3.2 yards per carry this season after never previously dipping below 4.0, and McCoy's still stuck on two touchdowns heading into the Week 17 finale against Miami.
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