- LeSean McCoy has agreed to a 1-year $3 million deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are listed at +1200 odds to win Super Bowl LV.
TAMPA BAY — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have added another piece to aid Tom Brady in securing his seventh Super Bowl title. On Thursday evening, the Bucs announced that they reached a 1-year deal with six-time Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy.
The agreement with McCoy is a low risk-high reward signing for a Tampa Bay team that needs depth at the running back position behind assumed starter Ronald Jones.
Jones, the former USC Trojan, has shown improvement under Bruce Arians and is expected to breakout this season with improved offensive line play. However, the Bucs could lean on McCoy’s experience more since they have so many young running backs on their roster.
Veteran RB LeSean McCoy reached agreement on a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, per @rosenhaussports. “He’s very excited to play with established vets like Brady and Gronk in trying to win another championship,” Rosenhaus said.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 30, 2020
McCoy reaching an agreement with the Buccaneers after being released by the Buffalo Bills to start the 2019 season.
McCoy finished last season with 465 rushing yards on 101 rushing attempts (in Kansas City as well) while only scoring four touchdowns. He could be in line for more touches in Tampa but it’ll be hard in such a crowded backfield and a pass happy offense.
While Tampa Bay won’t be asking a 32-year old LeSean McCoy to carry the team, he will likely serve as a change of pace receiving back that we’ve seen Tom Brady find success with before. While adding Shady certainly helps the Buccaneers on the field at sportsbooks the signing hasn’t caused a shift in the team's Super Bowl 55 odds.
The Tampa Bay Bucs still have the fourth shortest odds at +1200 to win the franchises second Super Bowl title.
Adding McCoy to a high-powered offense that features elite players like Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Rob Gronkowski could allow Shady to revive his career in Tampa. McCoy’s veteran presence and other weapons around him will keep defenses from being able to load the box.
Not having to carry a major part of the load could lead to an efficient season for Shady as the limited reps could keep his legs fresh for a postseason run.
All in all, the Bucs signing McCoy is a good move for the team since it's not every day that you can find a running back that has recorded over 11,000 rushing yards and 70 touchdowns in his career.
Those betting on the Bucs this season shouldn’t expect Shady to be the best back on the team but if he can take advantage of the limited reps when his name is called he could be one of the most underrated signings this offseason.