By Nick Wojton
With much of the 2019 offseason completed, we have a look at pretty much how NFL rosters will shake out heading into next season.
For the Buffalo Bills, LeSean McCoy is still in their backfield. But is that a mistake? Bleacher Report thinks so.
The outlet recently tabbed “one big regret” for each NFL team from this offseason. Keeping Shady was the one for Buffalo.
Here’s why B/R thinks so:
Buffalo Bills: Retaining LeSean McCoy
Running back LeSean McCoy is set to count for more than $9 million against the Buffalo Bills’ salary cap in 2019. Releasing him would save Buffalo more than $6 million, but it appears McCoy will be a significant part of the offense again this season.
“LeSean McCoy is still here and he’s still the starter,” general manager Brandon Beane said, per Sal Capaccio of WGR 550.
The question is, why? Not only is McCoy an expensive option, but he’s also clearly lost a step as a runner. He averaged a mere 3.2 yards per carry in 2018, and his longest run of the season was 28 yards—a career low.
In addition, the Bills added T.J. Yeldon and Frank Gore in free agency. They also drafted Devin Singletary in Round 3. The Bills don’t need McCoy in their backfield and, at least from a financial standpoint, they’re likely to regret keeping him around at his current price...