In one of the more surprising roster cuts heading into the 53-man roster finalization deadline on Saturday, August 31 at 4 P.M. ET, the Buffalo Bills decided to release star running back LeSean McCoy. This move was widely believed to have happened due to McCoy’s drop in production last year, and combined with the fact that the Bills are starting NFL veteran Frank Gore. Along with Gore, the Bills drafted Devin Singletary out of Florida Atlantic University and signed running backs TJ Yeldon and Senorise Perry in free agency.
The Bills have four brand new running backs on their team, which made McCoy expendable. Wanting the best for McCoy’s future, the Bills decided to release him.
As you can imagine, when a high-profile player like Shady goes on the market, teams are going to come crawling. The team that ended up winning the short-lived LeSean McCoy sweepstakes was the Kansas City Chiefs, who signed McCoy to a deal for one year and $4 million.
Not only does the signing mean that McCoy is able to form a one-two punch with starter Damien Williams, it also means that McCoy reunites with former head coach Andy Reid. During his time with Reid in Philly, McCoy became the Eagles’ starting running back, and later their all-time leading rusher. Reuniting the two in Kansas City could mean even more records set. Also, while Williams is currently the starter in Kansas City, McCoy’s experience could propel him to the top of the depth chart.
With McCoy, the Chiefs now have two running backs who have significant NFL experience. The other runnings back on the Chiefs roster: Darrel Williams, Darwin Thompson, and Tremon Smith have a combined 44 yards between the three of them. Thompson is a rookie this year, and Smith is making the move from cornerback to running back.
The Chiefs are set on offense. They have the best young quarterback in the league, two solid running backs, a scary receiving corps, the best tight end in the league, and a good offensive line. If the Chiefs’ defense can play well, the Chiefs could be in the works for another AFC Championship run, maybe even more.