Buffalo Bills RUMORS: Is LeSean McCoy A Neccessary Release?

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Feb 18, 2016 02:45 PM EST
Running back LeSean McCoy #25 of the Buffalo Bills
Running back LeSean McCoy #25 of the Buffalo Bills walks off of the field in the third quarter after being injured against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on December 20, 2015 in Landover, Maryland. The Washington Redskins won, 35-25."

LeSean McCoy has not been the investment that the Buffalo Bills had been counting on, as he had a rather tumultuous year. McCoy was involved in a bar brawl this offseason with 2 police officers and that situation is still ongoing.

McCoy has shown terrible judgment throughout the course of the season; he constantly was a sound bite for the media in regards to his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles. Plus, he partied enough to warrant a parade, so the main question the Bills need to ask themselves was he worth Kiko Alonso and is he worth the $7,675,000 cap hit? The Bills need to bring back outside linebacker Nigel Bradham, left tackle Cordy Glenn, and offensive guard Richie Incognito and the Bills are in the worst cap position imaginable. It is likely they will be over the cap unless some contracts are drastically altered.

The impending release of Mario Williams may not be enough however, as that should only free up a couple of million for this offseason. With McCoy, his value can be tied to two things: does he make the team better? And, is he worth possibly losing your best offensive lineman?

McCoy is 27 and had a solid 2015 on the field, playing in 12 games; injuries were to blame for the games he missed. McCoy recorded 895 rushing yards on 203 rushing attempts, had 4.4 yards per carry, but only three rushing touchdowns. In the passing game he shined by gaining 9.1 yards per catch, 292 receiving yards, 32 receptions, and 2 receiving touchdowns.

The Bills saw a spark from another running back on their roster, the 22-year-old Karlos Williams. Williams played in 11 games but only started in three due to injuries as well. He recorded 93 rushing attempts, 517 rushing yards, and had a great 5.6 yards per carry. He was the primary red zone back scoring seven rushing touchdowns. He managed to get in on the passing game as well recording two eceiving touchdowns and 8.7 yards per catch. Williams could warrant a promotion and could be the main back in this offense.

McCoy may be a better playmaker but his cap hit is ridiculous especially considering the Bills don't know if McCoy will be suspended or not thanks to his off the field incidents. The Bills should seriously consider all of their options when it comes to McCoy. 

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