The Bills reportedly have placed a first-round tender on running back LeSean McCoy, which means that if another team signs him to an offer sheet, Buffalo would have to give him the first-round pick to take the contract.
McCoy holds a no-trade clause, making it difficult for the Bills to move him, but he’s coming off a 3.8-yard-per-carry average that was the worst in franchise history in a full season and the biggest reason Buffalo was so bad this season.
The Bills have other big decisions to make. Several other running backs would benefit from a heavier workload, but McCoy would be one of the top free agents to come available on the market.
Buffalo also might consider rebuilding its defense through free agency, which is how it put together the 2-14 squad the last two seasons.
Kansas City’s Marcus Peters is considering a trade to the Buffalo, while New England’s Malcolm Butler is expected to get an offer from Buffalo. It’s unclear what the Bills will offer the Patriots cornerback for a player most still consider the best cornerback in the NFL.
Butler might come at an interesting price to the Patriots, who own three first-round picks in the first two rounds next April.