The Buffalo Bills offense has undergone a significant transformation since the end of the 2016 season. Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy are surrounded by a new receiving corps, McCoy has a new backup running back, and the coach that helped guide a top rushing attack is now in Los Angeles.
But even after the franchise traded Sammy Watkins and saw Anquan Boldin retire after less than two weeks in Buffalo, the Bills are not going to part with their offensive centerpiece. A tweet suggested the Bills are listening to offers for McCoy, but Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk shot that down after speaking with multiple sources who denied it.
One source indicated the Bills haven’t entertained any offers for the 29-year-old running back and won’t be doing so. The Bills will be starting McCoy for a third straight season. He’s under contract, via the deal he signed upon arriving in Buffalo in 2015, through the 2019 season.
McCoy returns but will now have ex-Philadelphia Eagles teammate Jordan Matthews — a player he recently assessed as being worse than Watkins — operating as Buffalo’s top aerial complement to a McCoy-led ground attack. Second-round pick Zay Jones will work as the team’s No. 2 receiver. Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin both departed in free agency.
Mike Gillislee enjoyed one of the finest per-carry seasons of this century behind McCoy last year, but the New England Patriots swooped in and signed him. Second-year ball carrier Jonathan Williams is the only viable backup behind McCoy now, so a trade might not make much sense for a team that led the NFL in rushing last season. Previous offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn became the Chargers’ head coach.
This will be McCoy’s eighth NFL campaign. He averaged a career-best 5.4 yards per carry last season and scored 14 touchdowns en route to his fourth straight Pro Bowl.