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LeSean McCoy | Running Back

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (26) / 7/12/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 208
College: Pittsburgh
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Bills coach Rex Ryan says LeSean McCoy and Fred Jackson will both see work on third downs.
This confirms McCoy will be almost an every-down player on his new squad. McCoy's fantasy value should hold steady or even improve, given his bellcow role in an offense Ryan recently said could run the ball up to 50 times a game. The aging Jackson received a fairly big workload splitting carries with C.J. Spiller the past few seasons, but those days are over. The Bills paid a steep price to get McCoy and now they're going to get their money's worth. Mar 24 - 10:37 AM

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In a radio interview, Bills coach Rex Ryan said, "We're going to run it 50 times if we can."

"We're not naive enough to think we're going to be able to get away with that," Ryan continued, adding Buffalo could also "spread you out and create some nightmares in coverage." Though he tried to temper the comment, Buffalo's offseason moves always pointed to a run-heavy approach. They brought in a run-first offensive coordinator in Greg Roman, traded for LeSean McCoy and settled for bridge-quarterback Matt Cassel. Buffalo does have some weapons to utilize outside if they ever figure out the quarterback position, but for now McCoy should be the focus of the offense. He has a great shot to top 300 carries for the third-straight season.
Mar 21 - 11:28 AM

Bills signed RB LeSean McCoy to a new five-year, $40 million contract that includes $26.5 million guaranteed.

McCoy was already under contract for the next three years at just over $25 million, but the Bills are kicking a bunch of up-front guaranteed money into the deal in what will keep McCoy one of the highest-paid backs in the league. Shady wanted the new deal in exchange for agreeing to come to Buffalo, though he realistically didn't have much of a choice. He's signed through his age-31 season.
Mar 8 - 12:30 PM

Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo reports the Bills and LeSean McCoy are expected to have a new deal in place before the new league year begins on Tuesday.

McCoy's trade to the Bills does not become official until Tuesday, and Garafolo believes the two sides will have a deal in place by then. McCoy was reportedly frustrated over his trade to Buffalo, but some extra cash should help McCoy come to terms with the deal. McCoy is a questionable fit for Greg Roman's offense, but he will remain an RB1 in Buffalo.
Mar 7 - 1:07 PM

A source close to LeSean McCoy told the Philadelphia Inquirer that McCoy is "ready to move on" after initially being "frustrated" over his trade to Buffalo.

It's good news for the Bills, although McCoy's contract may become the next obstacle. There is some belief he may want money added to the deal, or for guarantees to be added in future years. Just $1 million of McCoy's 2015 salary of $9.75 million is guaranteed. His 2016 salary of $6.9 million is without any guarantees. McCoy has $350,000 more in bonuses in each year.
Mar 4 - 10:26 PM

A source informed ESPN's Josina Anderson that LeSean McCoy is "frustrated" over being traded to the Bills and is "not going to make it easy, that's for sure."

"Of course he's not happy," added the source. "It'll be interesting to see how this process plays itself out because he's an interesting individual. ... He was like 'why me?'" Some are leaving the door open to McCoy possibly refusing to go to Buffalo, leading to the Bills possibly pulling out of the trade prior to it officially going through when the new league year opens March 10. But in all likelihood, the Bills will hand McCoy a new contract with more guaranteed money through 2015 and 2016 and let coach Rex Ryan work his magic as a coach with the ability to convince his players to "buy in." Ryan's the ultimate players coach.
Mar 4 - 10:02 AM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports new Bills RB LeSean McCoy is expected to "make noise about wanting an extension," and could even threaten to decline to report to training camp.

Per La Canfora, the Bills are "bracing for that already." A trade is a perfect time to angle for a new deal, but already due at least $6.9 million each of the next four seasons, Shady isn't going to get it. McCoy will likely/understandably be sour about the deal for some time, but he's going to work for one of the league's great salesmen in Rex Ryan. By the time camp rolls around, Shady should be hungry to prove he's still one of the game's best offensive players.
Mar 3 - 7:13 PM

Bills acquired RB LeSean McCoy from the Eagles in exchange for LB Kiko Alonso.

It's a stunning trade in a league bereft of them. The move gives new Bills coach Rex Ryan a centerpiece for his "ground-and-pound" offense, and reunites Alonso with his college coach in Chip Kelly. The Philadelphia Daily News' Paul Domowitch reported late last month that the Eagles were unlikely to keep Shady at his $11.95 million cap number. McCoy is coming off a year where he averaged just 4.2 yards per carry and was eased off goal-line duties, but remains one of the league's premier runners. He is still only 27 (in July). From a fantasy perspective, he remains a clear RB1 on what will be one of the NFL's highest-volume rushing teams. As for the Eagles, they now have a gaping hole at running back. For better or worse, Kelly is proving more than ready to exercise his absolute control of the Eagles' roster.
Mar 3 - 6:35 PM

Sources tell the Philadelphia Inquirer the Eagles have not approached LeSean McCoy about restructuring his contract.

McCoy's $11.95M cap charge is steep, but this is a 26-year-old player who is one year removed from a first-team All-Pro campaign. Chip Kelly's run-heavy offense needs McCoy, who certainly had a down year in 2014 but is more than capable of revving it back up in 2015. Perhaps McCoy agrees to a restructure that kicks the salary can down the line, but we'd be surprised if he wasn't an Eagle in 2015.
Mar 2 - 9:13 AM

The Philadelphia Daily News' Paul Domowitch said it is 'not likely' the Eagles want to keep LeSean McCoy at his current $11.95 million cap charge.

McCoy has said he is not open to a pay cut, but a restructuring that kicked some guaranteed money down the road could work for both sides. The Eagles could also conceivably cut McCoy, but that seems unlikely at this point. McCoy averaged 4.23 YPC with just five TDs on 312 carries last season. He lost passing-down and short-yardage work to Darren Sproles and Chris Polk.
Feb 28 - 10:45 AM

LeSean McCoy isn't open to a pay cut.

Shady has said he's open to a restructure, but a straight cut is apparently out of the question. "I know how hard it is to keep a team together, and I want to be part of this team," McCoy said. "But I don't want to take less money." Due a tall $9.75 million for 2015, Shady will count $11.95 million against the cap. McCoy is signed through 2017, so any restructure would likely involve kicking some guaranteed money to 2016. Only $1 million of Shady's 2015 salary is guaranteed, but the Eagles would have to take on $4.4 million in dead money to cut him loose.
Jan 29 - 8:19 PM

LeSean McCoy said Sunday he's "sure" he can work something out with the Eagles regarding his contract.

McCoy did not have a good season, but he's still just 26 years old and it would cost the Eagles $4.4M in dead money to cut him. That's not happening, especially with Chip Kelly saying Monday he wants Shady back. McCoy will likely have to do some kind of restructure, as he carries an $11.95M cap number and $9.75M base salary in 2015. The Eagles stripped him of goal-line work late in the season and he also lost a lot of pass-game work to Darren Sproles. Shady's YPC and touchdowns dropped from 5.11 and 11 in 2013 to 4.22 and five in 2014.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 08:51:00 AM

LeSean McCoy rushed 17 times for 99 yards and caught one pass for 15 yards in Sunday's Week 17 win over the Giants.

It seemed like McCoy couldn't flop in 2014, one year after winning the NFL's rushing title. He's just 26 years old, had an elite offensive line and an elite run-based Chip Kelly offense. But something was off with McCoy all year, as his YPC sunk to 4.22 on 312 carries and he scored a total of just five touchdowns. The Eagles noticed it too, stripping McCoy of goal-line work in favor of Chris Polk and using Darren Sproles in most of their screen play packages. Owed $9.75M in 2015 base salary, McCoy admitted Sunday that he may need to restructure his contract.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 06:47:00 PM

LeSean McCoy had 22 carries for 88 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's Week 16 loss to Washington.

He added three catches for 28 yards. McCoy was used in red-zone situations despite losing work to Chris Polk last week, scoring on an 11-yard touchdown. He had 50 yards on his first nine touches, but fell out of the gameplan in the second half. McCoy will be a top-10 running back play against the Giants in Week 17.
Sat, Dec 20, 2014 08:27:00 PM

LeSean McCoy's role in the Eagles' red-zone offense has declined in the last eight games.

McCoy opened the season as the primary back in the red zone. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane, he was on the field for 77 percent of the red-zone plays through the first six games of the season and saw 74 percent of the running back touches. Those numbers have decreased to 65 percent and 64 percent respectively, and should continue to fall as Chris Polk continues to convert goal-line chances. With Polk vulturing touchdowns and Darren Sproles vulturing pass-game work, McCoy is more of an RB2 Week 16 against a stingy Washington rush defense.
Sat, Dec 20, 2014 09:31:00 AM