Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Buffalo Bills have released veteran running back LeSean McCoy. The move comes as a surprise, as the Bills had repeatedly stated publicly that McCoy was to be their top back in 2019. Ultimately, the team decided that they were better off without the veteran.
McCoy, who turned 31 in July, is coming off his worst year as a professional, having carried the ball 161 for 514 yards (a career-low 3.2 yards per carry) and three touchdowns. While improvements along the offensive line were expected to help McCoy bounce back this year, the Bills decided instead to move on.
The Bills’ remaining depth chart at the position includes veteran Frank Gore, rookie Devin Singletary, special-teams ace Senorise Perry, and newly-signed T.J. Yeldon. By releasing McCoy, the Bills save $6.425 million from his original cap hit of $9.05 million—not that the Bills were strapped for cash, but it’s a bonus nonetheless.