LeSean McCoy Talks Signing Contract with Tom Brady's Bucs amid Eagles Interest

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistAugust 4, 2020

Kansas City Chiefs running back LeSean McCoy (25) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
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LeSean McCoy has officially signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he also had an option to return to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The veteran running back said Tuesday the Eagles had solid interest and the team was "another big [option] that I really wanted to explore," via James Palmer of NFL Network. However, the Buccaneers ended up being the best option for him.

"I'm in Tampa. Nice weather and I'm playing with Tom Brady," McCoy said. "How can you beat that?"

McCoy is heading into his 12th year in the NFL but believes he still can contribute.

"I've done a lot of great things in my career, but I'm not finished," he said, per Greg Auman of The Athletic.

The 32-year-old has earned six Pro Bowl selections and was twice named first-team All-Pro while totaling 11,071 rushing yards in his career. He spent last season with the Kansas City Chiefs on his way to earning his first Super Bowl title, although he was inactive for the championship game.

Though he could have retired, he decided to return for at least another season.

"You get that itch to compete," he added.

McCoy now joins an organization that hasn't made the playoffs since 2007 but made significant changes in the offseason while adding Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. Caesars Casino lists the Buccaneers at 11-1 odds to win the Super Bowl.

Even if he doesn't see a full-time role, McCoy could become a key part of the offense during the 2020 season.