LeSean McCoy's first season with the Buffalo Bills wasn't bad, but the stats didn't meet up with McCoy's general production. Playing at less than 100 percent and missing four games obviously played a role in McCoy's drop in production, but when he was on the field he produced.
At one point, McCoy went eight consecutive games with at least 90 total yards (seven consecutive with over 100 total yards). He finished the year with 895 yards rushing on 203 carries, a 4.4 YPC average, and added 292 yards receiving on 32 receptions. At the end of the season, McCoy was named to the Pro Bowl. It's hard to knock McCoy's first season with the Bills, but Pro Football Focus listed the running back as having one of the five worst running back contracts in the NFL. McCoy came in at No. 4 on the list.
4. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
Years remaining: Four
Average remaining cap hit (per year): $8.51 million
Year he can realistically be cut: 2019
LeSean McCoy also falls into the category of productive, yet overpaid. The Bills did not give up much in the trade with the Eagles (Kiko Alonso), but were required to make a significant financial investment. McCoy negotiated a five-year, $40 million deal with $18.25 million guaranteed at the start of 2015. As mentioned above, it’s the second-most expensive contract on a per-year basis. McCoy’s $3.65 million guaranteed per season is also third-most. In addition, he can’t be cut for a cap saving until 2019, incurring $15.3, $7.88, and $5.25 million in dead money if released in the ensuing three years.
McCoy did not have a bad 2015 season in Buffalo, forming an effective one-two punch with Karlos Williams, but he still ended the year as only our 18th overall running back (78.9 overall grade). He carried 203 times for 895 yards and three touchdowns, breaking 34 tackles. Despite a solid overall season, McCoy will need to crack the top 10 to make his expensive contract a worthwhile investment.
Other backs named to the list included C.J. Spiller, DeMarco Murray, Adrian Peterson, and Mark Ingram.null