Having held on to running back LeSean McCoy at this week’s NFL trade deadline, the Buffalo Bills say they intend to keep the veteran in the fold for 2019 as well.
General manager Brandon Beane told The Buffalo News in an interview published Friday that he plans on McCoy being part of the team next season. The 30-year-old back will cost $9 million against the Bills’ salary cap in 2019 before becoming a free agent.
“LeSean is still a very good player in this league,” Beane said. “Our offense is not where we want it, but LeSean is still playing well. He’s a talented player. We like what he brings, to the point we’ll have him back in 2019. He’ll definitely be a part of that.”
McCoy has just 257 rushing yards on 75 attempts this season. He has 167 receiving yards and has yet to find the end zone on the ground or through the air.
McCoy was sidelined for one game with cracked rib cartilage and sustained a concussion in a blowout loss to Indianapolis two weeks ago that did not cause him to miss a game. He has made the Pro Bowl in five consecutive seasons, including all three of his years with the Bills.
The Bills are 2-6 this season after earning a surprise playoff berth last season. Quarterback has been a particular issue for the team, with rookie Josh Allen missing the last two games and being ruled out for this Sunday against the Chicago Bears with an elbow injury.
Beane told The Buffalo News he expects Allen to play again this season and does not foresee him needing surgery. Allen was a limited participant at practice Friday.
“He’s progressing along, but until he’s out there, you know, we can’t rule anything out,” Beane said. “But he’s progressing along, and the plan right now is he will play as soon as our doctors say he’s ready to go.
“But we also have to keep in mind, it’s his right arm. That’s why he’s here. We can’t do anything to set him back for the future, so we have to make sure we’re very smart when we do put him out there that everyone feels good that he’s ready to roll.”
–Field Level Media