The Buffalo Bills will be doing their best to make certain that their newly acquired running back LeSean McCoy is “taken very good care of.”
On Tuesday, the team completed a trade for running back LeSean McCoy which sent middle linebacker Kiko Alonso to the Philadelphia Eagles. In addition to joining an upstart team which looks to improve upon a 9-7 finish to 2014, McCoy will be “taken very good care of” upon arrival in Buffalo.
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What that phrase means, of course, is that McCoy’s contract will likely be revised to include guaranteed money for 2016; something which his current deal with Philadelphia does not have. He will earn $25 million over the next three years.
McCoy’s value to any organization, not just the Bills, should go without saying.
Over the past five seasons, no running back has eclipsed his rushing total of 6,155 yards. And in a league where an effective ground attack has become somewhat of a commodity in today’s passing happy game, he will provide an upgrade to a squad that averaged just 92.6 yards per contest last season, good enough for 25th in the NFL.
Alonso’s departure will certainly leave a mark. However, his production is not irreplaceable.
The 2013 Defensive Rookie of the Year missed all of 2014 and the Bills still managed to ranked in the top five in points (fourth), passing (third), and total yards (fourth) allowed.
The new look offense will give Buffalo legitimate weapons for expected starting quarterback E.J. Manuel to work with. McCoy will replace C.J. Spiller at HB, while wide receivers Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods will provide for excellent targets through the air. Overall, the team should expect to improve upon last year’s offensive performance which saw them finish 26th in the league at 318.5 yards per game.
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