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Former Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy announces retirement

Former Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy announced his retirement on Thursday, saying he was signing a one-day contract with the team that drafted him. He was a second-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles out of Pitt in 2009 and spent most of his life in Pennsylvania before being traded to Buffalo.

In 2015, the Bills sent linebacker Kiko Alonso to the Eagles in exchange for McCoy, who was supposed to come in as the focal point of a revamped rushing offense under head coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Greg Roman. He spent four years in Buffalo, rushing 885 times for 3814 yards and 25 touchdowns while being named to the Pro Bowl three times. He added 175 catches and 1334 yards and five touchdowns through the air.

Buffalo cut him during training camp in 2019 and he eventually signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, earning a Super Bowl ring. He spent the 2020 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, earning his second straight ring.

McCoy was twice named All-Pro and made six Pro Bowls in his career. He’s a member of the 2010s All-Decade team. His resume is borderline for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but he’s likely to get in at some point. Every running back with a better career metric in Pro Football Reference’s Hall of Fame Tracker has been elected into the Hall. He’s behind names like Corey Dillon, Steven Jackson, and Fred Taylor on the career rushing yards list, though. He sits 22nd with 11,102 yards and behind contemporaries Frank Gore and Adrian Peterson.