ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Sean McDermott wasted no time in his attempt to address the rumor that circulated on Tuesday that the Bills were looking to trade LeSean McCoy.
“Just to get out in front of this LeSean thing a little bit here the best I could, as best I can, LeSean is one of our better players, thought he had a good game the other day and we're just looking forward to playing the Houston Texans,” McDermott said in opening his Wednesday press conference before a question was even asked.
There was an NFL.com report that the Philadelphia Eagles, who just placed running back Jay Ajayi on season-ending injured reserve due to a knee injury, would kick the tires with the Bills on a possible reunion with McCoy, who began his NFL career in Philadelphia in 2009.
“You know, we get calls all the time, incoming calls happen all the time, Brandon (Beane) and I talk a lot and I won't go into any more detail than that,” said McDermott. “I’m not the one fielding most of those calls because that falls more under Brandon's job description so I would imagine they do, that's just kind of logical.”
The Eagles still have Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood on their running back depth chart and they have combined to rush for 262 yards and five-yard average per carry, but clearly, the defending Super Bowl champs, who are built to win right now despite a slow 2-3 start, would benefit from bringing McCoy back into the fold after a three-plus years absence.
McDermott was pressed further on a possible trade and again he stonewalled the questioning by saying, “I'm not going to go into any more detail. This is why I came out and started where I started with. If you just want to hear the same reply, I’ll give you the same reply. I respect where you're coming from and the jobs you have to do, but respect where I'm coming from. He's a valuable member of our football team and I'm gonna leave it at that.”
One question McDermott did answer had to do with whether he and McCoy have discussed the rumor.
“I believe in communicating with our players, and LeSean and I have not communicated on this front,” he said. “In my opinion, we're on to the Houston Texans and the players know that if there's something that was needed to be communicated, then I communicate it. That's the way I've been since day one. I have a whole hell of a lot of respect for him, and I think he does the same for me.”
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