Bills haven’t entertained LeSean McCoy trade offers, and won’t

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A tweet appeared almost nonchalantly on Tuesday suggesting that the Bills are entertaining trade offers for running back LeSean McCoy. Since: (1) that would be fairly big news; and (2) it otherwise hadn’t been mentioned anywhere, it made sense to poke around a little about whether it’s true.

Per multiple sources, it’s not.

As one source with knowledge of the situation explained it to PFT, the Bills haven’t entertained traded offers for McCoy, the Bills currently aren’t entertaining offers for McCoy, and the Bills won’t be entertaining trade offers for McCoy.

A trade would create only $1 million in net cap space for the Bills, and it would save $6.075 million in cash. But it also would leave the Bills without one of their best players, less than two weeks after trading receiver Sammy Watkins.

Of course, some other team could see this and decide to try to blow the Bills away with an offer, especially since every player has a price. As the Bills strike the balance between winning now and building for the future, however, the idea that they’d move one of their best and most popular players would make sense if, and only if, they’d be getting a better and even more popular player in return.

37 responses to “Bills haven’t entertained LeSean McCoy trade offers, and won’t

  1. The Bills are in no way striking a balance between winning now and building for the future. It is obvious that the Bills are tanking now and building for the future so they may as well trade McCoy. That BS about trying to win now was all about maximizing ticket sales and that goal has been accomplished. Bills fans deserve better.

  2. There is no winning now…With or without Shady this is a 4-5 win team. It’s not about saving cap space this year but about getting the cap under control for the future when this new regime is ready to win. It’s all about getting their QB in next years draft. Look how many players Beane & McDermott have shed from last years team, not taking the option on a 5th yr on Watkins, letting Gilmore walk for nothing which is really a residual from the last regime. IMO, if the price is right McCoy is gone

  3. McCoy is in his prime now, not in 2-3 years. This does not coincide with the Bills potential window, particularly given the direction they’ve gone with personnel decisions recently. Wouldn’t the team be better served getting a high pick and using it on a player who’ll be able to contribute when it really matters?

  4. It doesn’t matter what the front office says. Sometime around the third or fourth week of the season, Shady’s gonna request a trade. He won’t make it through the year on that squad. Poor lil’ guy.

  5. I’m still curious why the Bills let Mike Gillislee go. He was even that expensive; 2 years, $6.4 million offer sheet that only guaranteed $1.5 million. I don’t think they even selected a RB during the draft either.

    McCoy turns 30 before the start of training camp next Summer, I think they should try and get a few picks for him. He has the highest value of return right now, but it would be a tough pill to swallow for Bills fans if he’s traded. Even if you are planning for the future, you still need to make money during a season.

  6. Trade him to Green Bay
    They are extremely deep at Wide Out
    Heck
    Max McCaffery looks great and may not make the roster

  7. Watkins was never more than a flashes of brilliance player who never came anywhere close to the hype. The receiver they picked up is dependable and will be just as good for them or better than Watkins was. I don’t think they got any worse from the trades and picked up good draft capital for next year.

    That doesn’t mean they’re headed to the Super Bowl, only that I think a little too much gloom and doom is being dumped on their season before its even started.

  8. If they can coax a number one pick and a back-up OT out of the deal for McCoy, then I’m all for it.

    Then with 3 number ones in next year’s draft, they can land a top QB, top RB and top WR.

  9. Susan Imbriale says:
    August 22, 2017 at 6:03 pm
    Trade him to Green Bay
    They are extremely deep at Wide Out
    Heck
    Max McCaffery looks great and may not make the roster
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    Any receiver that steps on the field with Aaron Rodgers looks great… In Green Bay The quarterback makes the receiver. I wouldn’t even entertain Jordy Nelson and a 2nd round pick for McCoy… McCoy stays in Buffalo period.

  10. Trade him to Green Bay..
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    As a Packer fan, as much as I would love that, Ted Thompson would never part with his Precious for a 30 year old RB.

  11. Shady is a pleasure to watch and if the O line is healthy he will have a very good season in Buffalo. But I do unfortunately agree, his prime is now and Bills are not close to playoff caliber football.

    I say trade him along with Tyrod.

  12. Any receiver that steps on the field with Aaron Rodgers looks great… In Green Bay The quarterback makes the receiver. I wouldn’t even entertain Jordy Nelson and a 2nd round pick for McCoy… McCoy stays in Buffalo period.

    EJ you’re drunk go to bed

  13. .
    If the Bills keep McCoy, their record will be mediocre. If they trade McCoy, their record will be mediocre.

    Look for Buffalo to try and move him to a team without a #1 RB, or a team that suffers a debilitating injury.
    .

  14. “As the Bills strike the balance between winning now and building for the future, however, the idea that they’d move one of their best and most popular players would make sense if, and only if, they’d be getting a better and even more popular player in return.”

    The Bills traded Sammy Watkins for a CB no Bills fan had ever heard of. The Bills are very clearly not striking a “balance between winning now and building for the future” but rather amassing draft choices in order to be viable in 2019.

  15. I cannot wait for the Bills to win 8-10 games this season just to run it in these “experts” faces. Sammy played in 8 games last season, they won 3 of those games(2 coming before he was shut down). Clearly, CLEARLY, Sammy Watkins was the missing piece and the Bills are stupid for trading him. The Bills lose 3 wins by trading Sammy, but gain 5 by losing Rex. How to spin it when your team loses to the tanking Bills is the bigger question.

  16. Susan Imbriale says:
    August 22, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Trade him to Green Bay…
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    THIS ^^^ makes a lot of sense. I don’t know what the salary cap implications are, but Randall Cobb and a 3rd round pick sounds about right. Then the Bills could turn around and trade an O-lineman to the Falcons for Tevin Coleman.

  17. The Bills aren’t in a “win now” mode. They are planning for the future. They are essentially wasting the remaining years of McCoys career. These last couple of years are his last chance to play for a winning team and make something of his career. They are basically just paying in order to keep the fans interested in the team in order to sell tickets and merch. Trading McCoy now would be the right thing to do by the team for the player, and save a little money in the meantime. Since teams are selfish and would never do right by the player, the only way this would happen is if it is a financial win for Buffalo or maybe some draft picks involved to help them build in the future. Do the right thing and send McCoy to contender. Don’t be selfish and sit in him while he is losing valuable playing years. On a side note, not that it would happen, but it would be pretty cool to see McCoy back in Philly playing with an up and coming young QB and a solid O-Line. The Eagles could really use the help at RB also, so you never know….

  18. They need to trade him because he’ll win them too many games and put them outside the top 5 for one of the qbs. They’re already better than nyj and Miami. Get a 2nd and 5th and keep stock piling.

  19. One possible scenario would be to trade McCoy to Tampa for TE Cameron Brate and a 2nd round pick.

    Tampa drafted OJ Howard so they’re set at the TE position and they need an RB the likes of McCoy to bring their offense full circle. Doug Martin is just not the guy.

    Buffalo needs a productive TE like Brate to help Tyrod Taylor. Charles Clay has proven not to be the player the Bills thought he was.

  20. LeSean “Shady” McCoy is still a productive back in the NFL at the age of 29. Usually running backs decline when they hit the age of 30 so the Bills would have to find a team that really wants him!

  21. You are making the mistake that anyone wants McCoy that badly. He’s been on the sidelines a lot. His age puts him at the end-point for maximum production at the RB spot. And he is expensive.

    His attitude is questionable (anyone remember that he was part of a crew that beat two off-duty Philly cops into the hospital in early 2016? I’m surprised that he made the trip back to PA last week. I’m sure Philly cops would love to say hello to him in private.) He is not a guy that you count on as a locker-room leader.

    He is great at generating stats on the field that don’t translate into wins. So, Shady is pretty much “Fantasy Football” only. Remember kids, there is a difference between reality and fantasy, and it begins the moment you move out of your mom’s basement.

  22. The Bills are NOT entertaining a McCoy trade…because that would be the smart thing to do at this point. Why shoot for drafting top 3 next year and picking up a draft pick when you can be in the 8-10 range instead?

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