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ESPN's Jeff Darlington reports LeSean McCoy is not expected to be traded ahead of Tuesday's deadline.

Darlington reports "several teams reached out," but the Bills did not really pursue the matter. The Bills seem to be in the same sort of situation the Browns were with Joe Thomas in 2017. Trading McCoy makes sense on paper but how much worse can they make the team as they try to develop a rookie quarterback? McCoy was also not going to fetch more than a late-round pick. It's not surprising he's staying in Buffalo.

Source: Jeff Darlington on Twitter 

Oct 30 - 2:01 PM

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Bills GM Brandon Beane expects LeSean McCoy to "definitely" be in the team's plans for next season.

"LeSean is still a very good player in this league," Beane told the Buffalo News. "We like what he brings, to the point we'll have him back in 2019." McCoy (3.4 YPC) has looked washed behind a bad offensive line this year, setting career lows through seven weeks. The Bills fielded McCoy offers at the deadline but ultimately didn't trade him. McCoy is going to be a walk year 31-year-old back owed $9 million in 2019 with declined production and questionable off-field baggage. Buffalo can save $6.4 million from moving on from McCoy this offseason.

Source: Buffalo News 

Nov 3 - 12:12 PM

 

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Just don't understand why they didn't trade him. Maybe they didn't want to send a signal to their fans that they were giving up? But seems like they should've gotten something for him.

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1 minute ago, Tool said:

Just don't understand why they didn't trade him. Maybe they didn't want to send a signal to their fans that they were giving up? But seems like they should've gotten something for him.

Locker room presence for the rookie. They have already made it clear they want him for next year also. 

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20 minutes ago, Hairy Snowman said:

Locker room presence for the rookie. They have already made it clear they want him for next year also. 

But they’ll suck next year too...

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2 minutes ago, Tool said:

But they’ll suck next year too...

Depends.  They need O Linemen.  They could conceivably improve enough to make the playoffs. 

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6 hours ago, Hairy Snowman said:

Depends.  They need O Linemen.  They could conceivably improve enough to make the playoffs. 

Man I have a hard time seeing how. I mean Allen’s gonna go through some growing pains and they’re not doing him any favors with possible the worst receiving core in the league and McCoys prob still good although who can really tell since he gets so few opportunities to do anything. 

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2 hours ago, bicycle_seat_sniffer said:

must start this week? He shredded the Jets a few weeks ago.....but we know how that goes the 2nd time around

I don't know if I'll ever start him again. Terrible year.

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LeSean McCoy (questionable, hamstring) will work out prior to Sunday's Week 15 game against the Lions.

McCoy is testing out his injured hamstring in preparation for Sunday's home game against Detroit, though according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, he "does not have a great chance" of suiting up. With Chris Ivory (shoulder) also a long shot to play, Marcus Murphy could wind up as the Bills' primary back in Week 15. Murphy is no one's idea of a sure thing, but at minimum price on FanDuel, you could do a lot worse.

Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter 

Dec 16 - 9:23 AM

 

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Speaking at Monday's season-ending presser, Bills GM Brandon Beane said LeSean McCoy would be back with the team for the final year of his contract in 2019.

"LeSean will come back in 2019 and we’ll go from there," Beane said matter of factly. Now on the wrong side of 30, McCoy is due $6.175 million in 2019. Cutting him would free up $6.425 million in cap space while leaving behind a modest $2.625 million in dead money. Good savings, but the Bills are already flush in cap space. Supporting cast issues take a huge part of the blame, but McCoy has seen steep drops in his YPC each of the past two years, bottoming out at 3.2 in 2018.

Source: Mike Rodak on Twitter 

Dec 31 - 3:29 PM

 

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Bills GM Brandon Beane said LeSean McCoy is still their featured back.

The Bills have added Frank Gore, T.J. Yeldon, and third-round RB Devin Singletary after McCoy bottomed out last year. Buffalo improved their offensive line this offseason, but McCoy is on shaky ground as a declining 30-year-old back. Even if McCoy's starting role is safe, his days as an every-down back look behind him. The Bills can save $6.4 million if they cut McCoy before Week 1.

SOURCE: Mike Rodak on Twitter

Apr 27, 2019, 7:27 AM

 

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5 hours ago, Faust said:

 

Interesting. Yeldon was quite serviceable in JAC last year, Gore can serve as the mentor for the rookie...there being over 6 million reasons to cut McCoy, I can see him somewhere else next season.

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4 hours ago, beef said:

singletary is the only back i'd want to own from this group.

Don't sleep on Marcus Murphy. He had an average per carry of about 1.5 more then McCoy and Ivory last year on a not-terribly-small sample size.

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LeSean McCoy said he expects to be in the "same role as last year."

"I mean, I'm a dominant player," McCoy said. "I think that speaks for itself. But I'll be in the same role as last year. And I look forward to putting some numbers up and bouncing back from that last season." Now 31 and entering the final year of his contract, rumors of McCoy's release have inevitably swirled following Buffalo's offseason additions of veteran Frank Gore, third-down back T.J. Yeldon, and third-rounder Devin Singletary. McCoy may expect to be in the same role, but there's still a 50/50 shot he makes it out of camp with the Bills. Parting with him would only cost the team $2.625 million in dead cap space.

SOURCE: Buffalo News

Jun 12, 2019, 4:25 PM ET

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1 hour ago, Faust said:

LeSean McCoy said he expects to be in the "same role as last year."

"I mean, I'm a dominant player," McCoy said. "I think that speaks for itself. But I'll be in the same role as last year. And I look forward to putting some numbers up and bouncing back from that last season." Now 31 and entering the final year of his contract, rumors of McCoy's release have inevitably swirled following Buffalo's offseason additions of veteran Frank Gore, third-down back T.J. Yeldon, and third-rounder Devin Singletary. McCoy may expect to be in the same role, but there's still a 50/50 shot he makes it out of camp with the Bills. Parting with him would only cost the team $2.625 million in dead cap space.

SOURCE: Buffalo News

Jun 12, 2019, 4:25 PM ET

Sure, cutting him would only cost 2.6 in dead cap space, but he's on the last year of his contract, so that would only free up cap space this year, no? What's the point? There's really nowhere to spend it at this point. I guess some could roll over to next year...?

 

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1 hour ago, Grigs Allmoon said:

Sure, cutting him would only cost 2.6 in dead cap space, but he's on the last year of his contract, so that would only free up cap space this year, no? What's the point? There's really nowhere to spend it at this point. I guess some could roll over to next year...?

All of it would roll over to next year. It's pretty much a no-brainer to cut him IMO (which means they probably won't).

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1 hour ago, humpback said:

All of it would roll over to next year. It's pretty much a no-brainer to cut him IMO (which means they probably won't).

Except for the fact that he's still the best RB on the team, and Buffalo likely believes they are a playoff contender.

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27 minutes ago, travdogg said:

Except for the fact that he's still the best RB on the team, and Buffalo likely believes they are a playoff contender.

That is totally true, but are they less of a contender without him? They'd still have Gore, Yeldon, Singletary, Murphy.

I'd say, yes, they are a bit less of a contender without him, but last year I feel like I finally saw a tiny bit of a step back in McCoy's quickness. I wouldn't blame them for following the Pats' model of getting rid of a player a year too soon as opposed to a year too late.

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2 hours ago, humpback said:

All of it would roll over to next year. It's pretty much a no-brainer to cut him IMO (which means they probably won't).

It's definitely a tricky situation. He's clearly still a very good player that could help win a couple games this year, when compared to his replacement(s).

It'll be interesting to see how it plays out...

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38 minutes ago, travdogg said:

Except for the fact that he's still the best RB on the team, and Buffalo likely believes they are a playoff contender.

First part is certainly debatable, second part is why the Bills are the Bills. He's not very good, way overpaid, and old with a ton of wear and tear- perfect for a rebuilding team huh?

12 minutes ago, Grigs Allmoon said:

That is totally true, but are they less of a contender without him? They'd still have Gore, Yeldon, Singletary, Murphy.

I'd say, yes, they are a bit less of a contender without him, but last year I feel like I finally saw a tiny bit of a step back in McCoy's quickness. I wouldn't blame them for following the Pats' model of getting rid of a player a year too soon as opposed to a year too late.

It's already a year too late.

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It sounds like the Bills can save as much money by cutting McCoy just before week 1 as they would've saved by cutting him at the start of the offseason.

I hadn't realized that before, and I'd been surprised that they kept McCoy and I'd figured that it meant that he would be their starter heading into their season. But if they can keep him through the preseason at no cost then it's less surprising that they kept him, and less of a sign that they plan on keeping him on the roster this season. They can make their decisions later on, based on how he & the other RBs look in camp.

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Cutting a dude right before week 1 just because you can, well it's just messed up. Gotta hope the Bill's wouldnt stoop to that level.

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2019 NFL minicamp live: Best of rookies, veterans from teams in action

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The Bills continue to distribute first-team snaps at running back between LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore and rookie third-round pick Devin Singletary. Each received time behind Josh Allen in 11-on-11 action during Tuesday's minicamp practice. At one point, McCoy received early-down reps before Gore entered on short yardage for third- and fourth-downs. However, Gore also received snaps out of the shotgun for pass protection.

 

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Avoiding this with every fiber of my being.  I made the mistake of picking McCoy in some redraft leagues after he slipped last year.  I want no part of this RB mess.  Singleterry I guess in leagues deep enough to roster him.

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2 hours ago, jm192 said:

Avoiding this with every fiber of my being.  I made the mistake of picking McCoy in some redraft leagues after he slipped last year.  I want no part of this RB mess.  Singleterry I guess in leagues deep enough to roster him.

He still jukes defenders and stuff. He doesnt have the same burst, but he had a lot to start. I bet he still beats Montgomery to the 10 yard line.

It's not like hes being drafted to be feature back. I think he's ADP is in the 12th round or something. 

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1 hour ago, cloppbeast said:

He still jukes defenders and stuff. He doesnt have the same burst, but he had a lot to start. I bet he still beats Montgomery to the 10 yard line.

It's not like hes being drafted to be feature back. I think he's ADP is in the 12th round or something. 

Exactly.

It goes against my MO of targeting young ascending players, but I’m ending up with shares of McCoy in early drafts in part because he is going so cheap. Late in the draft you’re usually looking for upside and weirdly I think 31 year old McCoy with 2300+ career carries offers more upside than young guys like Donte Foreman and Duke Johnson who are getting drafted around him.

I can’t argue with someone who wants no part of an older RB in a crowded backfield with stats in decline (and pretty lackluster 2018 tape), but there are scenarios where Buffalo is a better team and their o-line play is significantly better and a less banged up McCoy ends up being sneaky valuable. You’re gambling, but to me it’s a good gamble at ADP. You could almost draft any starting RB profitably as late as he’s going, and McCoy is better than just any RB, he’s only a season or so removed from elite play.

Also bundled in with the McCoy lottery ticket is the chance McCoy and his big contract ends up getting released or traded into a better fantasy situation. Of course he could also end up in a worse situation but since you’re taking him late I think the fact this he is more likely to change teams than the average RB could be a good thing. If he got traded to Tampa Bay like Faust’s article speculates I imagine his fantasy owners would be pretty happy with their investment.

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18 hours ago, cloppbeast said:

He still jukes defenders and stuff. He doesnt have the same burst, but he had a lot to start. I bet he still beats Montgomery to the 10 yard line.

It's not like hes being drafted to be feature back. I think he's ADP is in the 12th round or something. 

Agreed. McCoy is very undervalued right now. He's basically free in dynasty leagues. He was traded for a late 3rd in 1 of my leagues, which turned into Miles Boykin. I'd rather take my chances with McCoy. 

In redraft, he is very undervalued as well. Round 12 is crazy for a guy who could see 12-15 touches a game, in a decent offense. guys like Ito Smith and Carlos Hyde, who are worse players, who need injuries ahead of them to be relevant, are going in the same area. 

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LeSean McCoy said he was "begging" Frank Gore to sign with the Bills.

McCoy told the Bills two years ago that he wanted Gore on the team and said he "was actually begging" the team this offseason. Playing with a long-time veteran and friend obviously has its benefits, but this could also mean Shady is willing to take some of the load off of him (no player has had more touches than McCoy since 2013). The two veterans and rookie Devin Singletary split first-team reps this offseason, likely foreshadowing a slight downtick in touches per game for McCoy in 2019.

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SOURCE: BuffaloBills.com

Jul 7, 2019, 4:50 PM ET

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Not touching this guy

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I dont understand why every FBG email update says McCoy could still be cut. hasnt that time come and gone? I guess a guy can always be cut but I thought the cut off for roster bonuses and such was over with

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3 hours ago, Dr. Dan said:

I dont understand why every FBG email update says McCoy could still be cut. hasnt that time come and gone? I guess a guy can always be cut but I thought the cut off for roster bonuses and such was over with

They save 6.4MM if they cut him prior to week 1

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2 hours ago, Bazinga! said:

They save 6.4MM if they cut him prior to week 1

Which is likely why they were giving Gore and Singletary so many looks with the #1s in OTAs. If they see enough out of those guys, I could definitely see McCoy being a late cut.

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Bills GM Brandon Beane feels LeSean McCoy has "enough left in the tank" for 2019.

"I think LeSean can still play," said Beane. "If not, we would have made the decision to move on." Coming off what was easily his worst season, the fading 31-year-old will face training camp competition from Frank Gore and third-round rookie Devin Singletary. McCoy is probably still the favorite to lead the backfield in touches over those two, though the 11th-year ball-carrier's fantasy arrow is clearly pointing down.

SOURCE: WGR 550

Jul 19, 2019, 4:14 PM ET

 

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MMQB's Albert Breer reports some around the league believe the Bills could cut or trade LeSean McCoy before Week 1.

The Bills have backed McCoy all offseason despite his career worst 2018. With Frank Gore and T.J. Yeldon added to the mix, it's possible one of the veterans becomes expendable if rookie Devin Singletary can put together a strong training camp. McCoy has the highest salary — the Bills can save $6.4 million from his release — but it would be surprising if he didn't play out the final year of his deal in Buffalo.

SOURCE: Sports Illustrated

Jul 19, 2019, 6:49 PM ET

 

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As a Singletary owner, I dream of the Bills trading McCoy to the Chiefs or somebody for a 6th rounder. 

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17 hours ago, Tool said:

They should've traded him last year when they had the chance. Idiots.

The fact that he could be cut should tell you that there is no trade interest - not last year, not this year.

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Once RB injuries start happening, you’re going to see McCoy’s value skyrocket.

 

he is intriguing because of trade possibilities if he slides into late rounds.

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5 minutes ago, TripItUp said:

Once RB injuries start happening, you’re going to see McCoy’s value skyrocket.

 

he is intriguing because of trade possibilities if he slides into late rounds.

So is ajayi at a much lower price. He hurt his ACL in October so of course he couldn't pass a physical in the spring, but if an NFL team could choose between signing an injured ajayi or trading for an old McCoy, i could easily see them going that route 

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30 minutes ago, bostonfred said:

So is ajayi at a much lower price. He hurt his ACL in October so of course he couldn't pass a physical in the spring, but if an NFL team could choose between signing an injured ajayi or trading for an old McCoy, i could easily see them going that route 

McCoy > Ajayi imho

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McCoy won't get traded or cut.  What are they going to get for him?  The Bills aren't in cap trouble.  They have the money to pay him.  Injuries will happen.  It's pretty much guaranteed.  It's much better to have the RB depth if needed.  I'd be amazed to see Shady in another uniform this year.

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