By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Buffalo Bills refused to trade running back LeSean McCoy to the Philadelphia Eagles when they called after losing Jay Ajayi. However, with just hours left before Tuesday’s 4 pm trade deadline, maybe the team will finally deal him.
McCoy — who cleared concussion protocol on Sunday and was listed as full health — had 12 carries, but could only muster 13 yards. He averaged 1.1 yards per carry.
On the Bills first play, he gained 12 yards. Then, over his next 11 plays, he could only muster one-yard.
In the past two games, he had 14 carries for 14 yards.
McCoy had his best game of the season in Week 5 against the Tennessee Titans. He had a season-high 24 carries for a season-high 85 yards.
In Week 5 and 6, he had a combined 158 yards. In the other six games, he has not had more than 39 yards.
The Pennsylvania native counts $9 million against the Bills salary cap. With his career fading, the Bills may now attempt to deal him.
However, it is going to be tricky, because his new team — if he is dealt — would have to have the available cap space to add him, like the Eagles, or another team. Also, the new team would have to convince the Bills to accept a low draft pick for the former star.
The Eagles were able to convince Fletcher Cox to restructure his deal to give the team enough room to make a move at the trade deadline.
“The hard work I’ve put in my whole life, my career, for it to happen like this every game, it’s tough,” he said. “You see the defense out there, just grinding. It is frustrating.”
On 75 carries, he has 257 yards this season with a 3.4 yards-per-carry average. That’s the worst in his 10-year career.
“I ain’t expect to have no season like this,” he said. “I’m not really playing well at all. We’re not doing much on offense. … What do I got, 200 yards? In the [eighth game]? That’s never happened to me. Yeah, it’s different. It’s a different season. I’m 30 years old, playing since when I’ve been in high school. This stuff [has] never happened to me. It is tough.”
While McCoy’s have clearly diminished, he does not believe they have.
“I still can play,” he said. “Defenses know I still can play. You see the way they approach me when I’m in the game.”
Typically, running backs hit the wall at their year-30 season. McCoy has clearly hit that wall. And the end is closer than he realizes.
In his career, he has 2,248 carries for 10,336 yards, including 66 touchdowns. He also has 454 receptions for 3,463 yards and 15 additional touchdowns.
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