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Source: LeSean McCoy’s absence isn’t contract related

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It’s still unclear why running back LeSean McCoy was the lone member of the Bills to not show up for the first day of the team’s offseason program. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, however, McCoy didn’t stay away due to his contract.

Traded to Buffalo two years ago and signed to a new deal, McCoy is scheduled to earn a base salary of $6 million this year. None of it is guaranteed. This means that, in theory, the Bills could wait until mid-to-late August before squeezing McCoy to take a pay cut. By then, his other options likely will have dried up.

In contrast, pushing the situation to a head now would, if it all explodes, put McCoy on the market while teams are still looking for help, and willing to pay for it.

But none of that seems to be the case. The Bills, despite a potentially significant change to the rushing philosophy under offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, have made it clear they want McCoy. And McCoy apparently isn’t trying to send them a message.

Again, the workouts are voluntary. For McCoy, he risks losing a $250,000 workout bonus if he doesn’t meet the threshold specified in his contract. If he’s willing to do that, he doesn’t have to show up for anything, expect the mandatory minicamp.

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9 Responses to “Source: LeSean McCoy’s absence isn’t contract related”
  1. billswillnevermove says: Apr 4, 2017 12:19 PM

    It was his daughter’s 5th birthday. No story here. When at practice, he practices as hard as anyone.

  2. wizwix says: Apr 4, 2017 12:23 PM

    It was his kid’s birthday yesterday, as he mentioned on Twitter. If you know Shady, you know that his boy is his life’s focus. He shares custody with his baby’s mama in Philly on a couple weeks on / couple weeks off cycle (last I heard). Sounds like it’s his week on.

  3. abninf says: Apr 4, 2017 12:34 PM

    Per a source with knowledge of the situation.

  4. pioniere says: Apr 4, 2017 12:36 PM

    Non-story. Shady will be there when he needs to be, in shape and ready to go.

  5. EJ says: Apr 4, 2017 1:26 PM

    Definite Non-Story… His kids birthday comes before a VOLUNTARY practice. He’ll be there soon with his shady shoes ready to leave defenders in the dark.

  6. A happy green parrot says: Apr 4, 2017 1:30 PM

    Kids birthday.

    If they really did play a game of squeezing him in August I would bet he would not be all that stuck without any takers.

  7. bosskingnation says: Apr 4, 2017 1:35 PM

    He was in court to have his nickname changed from Shady to Sketchy.

  8. tylawspick6 says: Apr 4, 2017 2:34 PM

    Arrest pending.

  9. billswillalwayssuck says: Apr 4, 2017 11:51 PM

    He’s a good dad. His daughter’s birthday only comes once a year. He’ll be able to look at the other pathetic losers on the roster from August until December. Why do you think he won’t be upset when they don’t make the playoffs for the 19th year in a row? Because he’s gotten paid and won’t have to look at them again until next season.

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