Bills GM says RB LeSean McCoy is 'definitely' in Buffalo's 2019 plans

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LeSean McCoy (Getty Images)

The Bills are committed to keeping running back LeSean McCoy in Buffalo next season.

General manager Brandon Beane told The Buffalo News that McCoy is “definitely” in the team’s 2019 plans.

McCoy is signed through 2019, but he has one team option year left on his deal. He was traded from Philadelphia in 2015. If he does stay with the Bills, he will count $9 million against the team’s salary cap.

“LeSean is still a very good player in this league,” Beane said. “Our offense is not where we want it, but LeSean is still playing well. He’s a talented player. We like what he brings, to the point we’ll have him back in 2019.

“He’ll definitely be a part of that.”

The confidence Beane has in McCoy comes during one of his worst seasons. The 10-year NFL veteran is on track for a career low in rushing yards this season, and is currently averaging a career-low 3.4 yards per carry. McCoy has not scored a touchdown since Week 15 of last season.

McCoy, 30, has fallen in the NFL ranks this season. He sits 41st among running backs with a qualifying amount of carries, and has gained first downs on just 13.3 percent of his carries, which ranks 47th.

The six-time Pro Bowl player isn’t the only part of the Buffalo organization that has had a frustrating season. The Bills’ 2-6 record is the team’s worst start since 2010, and their 87 points scored is the fewest through eight games in franchise history.