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Bucs' LeSean McCoy Open to Playing in NFL Next Season 'For the Right Team'

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistFebruary 25, 2021

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back LeSean McCoy (25) looks on before the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano)
Steve Luciano/Associated Press

LeSean McCoy has won two consecutive Super Bowl rings, though he hasn't played a snap in either game. 

If he returns to the NFL in 2021, he only wants to do so for a contending team in need of his services, he said Thursday on NFL Network's Good Morning Football (h/t Nick Shook of NFL.com):

"I think I still want to play. I really do. I've been talking to my agent. The only thing is it has to be the right team. I can't go from two Super Bowls, playing with B.A. (Bruce Arians) and Andy Reid, Tom Brady and (Patrick Mahomes), to not even having a team that's competing. I'm still a competitor. I think that you bring me back, I've got to play for teams that are contenders, or some young guys that can help out because I still want to be effective somehow, some way, and also may get a shot to play, showcase my talents."

McCoy, 32, rushed only 10 times for 31 yards last season with the Bucs, as the team largely relied on the backfield platoon of Ronald Jones II and Leonard Fournette. He wasn't a huge contributor for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019, either, finishing with 101 carries for 465 yards and four scores. 

For a six-time Pro Bowler and two-time first-team All-Pro who rushed for over 1,000 yards in a season six times in his career, the lack of recent usage has been a major shift. 

But if nothing else, McCoy's two titles in two years making him something of a lucky charm.

"I've been thinking about it. I really have," he said while discussing his playing future. "It's tougher than I thought it would be, making a decision. But it's been so good. I'm like the rabbit's foot, whatever team I go to next, you're probably in a Super Bowl.

Wherever he goes, McCoy is likely to be a third-stringer. He'll be 33 next season at a position that traditionally doesn't age well. He hasn't rushed for over 1,000 yards in a season since 2017.

But his experience could be invaluable for his fellow running backs and the overall locker room for a contending team. And if nothing else, he might just be good luck to have around. 

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