LeSean McCoy was acquired by the Buffalo Bills last offseason in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles. He had a solid first season with the Bills, but there were some consistency issues as well. Unfortunately, following the season, McCoy has run into some trouble off the field.
According to a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the Bills are preparing for the possibility that McCoy could miss several games.McCoy is in trouble due to a fight he got into over a bottle of champagne. The fight involved off-duty police officers, which made this case even more intriguing.
While his off-the-field issues are obviously serious, if he is forced to miss games, the Bills are going to be in a world of hurt.
Throughout the course of the 2015 season, McCoy carried the football 203 times for 895 yards and three touchdowns. He still has four years left on his contract, which will average around $8 million per season, according to Spotrac. Buffalo also saw McCoy catch 32 passes for 292 yards and two touchdowns on the season as well.
Buffalo is going to have plenty of time to figure out what they want to do at the running back position. There is obviously still a chance that McCoy will end up getting cleared of the problems, but that is far from a sure thing.
At 27-years-old, McCoy still has plenty of top-notch football left to be played. There is no question that the Bills need their star running back on the field. Tyrod Taylor and the offense won't be able to put up the necessary numbers to make the postseason without him around. Figuring out these issues is going to take some time, but the Bills can only hope that the truth will end up being that McCoy is innocent.
Rex Ryan and the Bills were expected to be a playoff contender last season, which didn't end up happening. They finished the season with an 8-8 record and third in the AFC East.
Looking ahead to the 2016 season, the Bills have to feel good about the way that their team is set up. They will look to make a move or two in the offseason, but they already have a solid roster. Ryan's defense will be capable of being a top defense in the league once again, while the offense has the necessary talent to be very dynamic.
It will be interesting to see what ends up happening with McCoy and whether he does end up missing some time.
More information will come out in the coming weeks about the case. McCoy finished up a meeting with the prosecutors in Philadelphia on Tuesday evening. No news came out about the case, although McCoy's attorney, Dennis Cogan, did make a comment when speaking to ESPN.
"He'd love to talk to you, but I'm not letting him talk to you, because there is an ongoing investigation. We don't want to try any of these matters in the press.... The one quote I have on the public record is, 'He did nothing wrong.'"
Hearing those comments from McCoy's lawyer is no surprise at all. He has his clients best interests in mind and will never show any kind of belief that his client could be guilty.
Expect to see McCoy deal with this situation throughout the majority of the offseason. This type of situation doesn't move too quickly, and the Bills likely won't have a lot of warning. McCoy certainly hasn't seemed to be the type of player to get into issues away from football, and hopefully, his image will be intact when everything is said and done.
Do you think LeSean McCoy is guilty? Will he miss any games for the Buffalo Bills to start the 2016 season?
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