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Brett Veach Says Chiefs Will 'Take a Peek' at LeSean McCoy After Bills Release

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistAugust 31, 2019

ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 29:  LeSean McCoy #25 of the Buffalo Bills on the field before a preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings at New Era Field on August 29, 2019 in Orchard Park, New York.  Buffalo beats Minnesota 27 to 23.  (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
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Kansas City Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said the team will "take a peek" at LeSean McCoy after the veteran running back was released by the Buffalo Bills on Saturday.

"I'm sure he's a guy we'll take a peek at and we kind of have a rapport with," Veach said, according to Adam Teicher of ESPN.

Veach and Chiefs head coach Andy Reid were with the Philadelphia Eagles when they drafted McCoy in 2009. Reid spent four seasons as McCoy's head coach in Philadelphia before moving on to Kansas City in 2013, which was the same year Veach joined the Chiefs.

McCoy spent the past four seasons in Buffalo. Last year, he registered career lows in rushing yards (514) and yards per carry (3.2) and hauled in 34 catches (the third-lowest mark of his career) for 238 yards (second-lowest). He was limited to 14 games because of rib and hamstring injuries.

Evan Silva @evansilva

Reminder that LeSean McCoy was brutal last year, and he is now 31 years old. * Career-low 3.2 yards per carry * Career-low 3.9 yards per touch * 55th among 56 RBs in yards after contact per rush (2.01) * 48th among 56 RBs in @PFF Elusive Rating

Prior to last season, he had earned five consecutive Pro Bowl nods.

Matthew Bové @Matt_Bove

In his four years with the #Bills LeSean McCoy finished with: 3,814 rushing yards 1,334 receiving yards 30 total TD He lost a step for sure and it was time to move on but McCoy was damn good for three seasons in Buffalo

Kansas City could be in the market for an established running back after cutting ties with Kareem Hunt last season. The Chiefs signed Carlos Hyde to a one-year, $2.8 million deal in March, but that experiment ended Saturday when they traded the veteran to the Houston Texans.

As a result, Damien Williams (who has never had more than 50 carries in any of his five seasons) sits atop the depth chart. Second-year back Darrel Williams and rookie Darwin Thompson are slated to serve as his backups.

Though the 31-year-old McCoy is coming off a down year, he is familiar with Reid and has performed well under him. And as the Times-Picayune's Herbie Teope noted, McCoy once said Reid "is like family to me."

Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Chiefs, Eagles, Los Angeles Chargers and New England Patriots have shown the strongest interest in McCoy since he hit the open market.