Published: Sun, September 01, 2019
Medical | By Mark Scott

Buffalo Bills Release RB LeSean McCoy

Buffalo Bills Release RB LeSean McCoy

Released by the Bills on Saturday, the six-time Pro Bowl running back has quickly drawn interest from the Patriots, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.

McCoy, 31, ran for a career-low 514 yards in 2018, sparking outside conversation about whether the two-time All-Pro could still be productive. But he struggled past year when he finished with a career-worst 752 yards from scrimmage.

When the Bills signed Frank Gore and drafted Devin Singletary in the third round, Brandon Beane declared that McCoy would remain the starter. He has been remarkably healthy, playing in 210 of 224 possible regular-season games.

And even though there will be a far greater number of opportunities for Singletary in 2019, it doesn't mean he'll be a feature back in the traditional sense in Buffalo's offense going forward. That's not the production we had become accustomed to for McCoy but there were also circumstances beyond his control including a mediocre offensive line and Josh Allen making his way through as a rookie quarterback.

Beane confirmed he explored the idea of trading McCoy once he made the decision to release him, but ultimately never received - or sent - an official offer. "This kind of gives him a chance to choose his destination, as well, and he's earned that".

Buffalo will save $6.2 million without McCoy, who the team repeatedly named as their top back in 2019.

The top three running backs on the Texans roster from last season won't be on the team this season with Miller out for the year, and Alfred Blue and D'Onta Foreman released by the franchise, so someone has to be added to make the roster of running backs better than what it is.

ESPN first reported the news.

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