LeSean McCoy returning to NFC, signing 1-year deal with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

LeSean McCoy returning to NFC, signing 1-year deal with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

There will be a 12th season for LeSean McCoy.

The Eagles' all-time rusher signed a one-year deal with the Buccaneers after spending last year with the Chiefs, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday:

The 32-year-old McCoy said back in May on NFL Network's Good Morning Football he hoped to play one more year.

"This last go-around, man, for the last time, just to put my stamp on my career, and I want to (go) out the way I came in," he said. "Hard worker, man, with some success. I'll probably put one more year together, depending on how I feel, but one year for sure, man, just to put my stamp on it."

McCoy, who had campaigned to rejoin the Eagles, instead joins Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and Co. and will presumably back up Ronald Jones, who ran for 724 yards and six TDs last year in his second season out of USC.

Tampa's other running backs have a combined 16 career carries: 4th-year pro Dare Ogunbowale; rookie 7th-round pick Raymond Calais; Cards waiver pickup T.J. Logan; and undrafted Aga'Cedric Ware.

McCoy, who spent the 2009 through 2014 seasons with the Eagles, has been an unrestricted free agent since March.

Shady has made six Pro Bowls — three with the Eagles, three with the Bills — and has 11,071 career rushing yards, 22nd-most in NFL history.

McCoy's 14,868 scrimmage yards are 19th-most in NFL history by a running back, and he's one of only seven players with 10,000 rushing yards and 500 catches.

Every eligible player in NFL history with 12,000 rushing yards has made the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Last year was a weird one for McCoy, who had 362 rushing yards and a 5.3 average halfway through last season but then got only 32 carries the rest of the season and got only one snap in the entire postseason during the Chiefs' run to the Super Bowl.

He still finished his 12th NFL season with a 4.6 average, 14th-highest in the NFL and 10th-highest in NFL history by a back 31 or older with a minimum of 100 carries.

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians, the one-time Temple coach, was with the Steelers when McCoy played for Pitt. 

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Eagles' Zach Ertz is not happy with Madden's completely messed up tight end ratings

Eagles' Zach Ertz is not happy with Madden's completely messed up tight end ratings

Ahead of Madden 21's August release, EA Sports has been rolling out player ratings all week long, and on Friday the game studio published in-game ratings for its top 10 tight ends.

Eagles tight end Zach Ertz didn't like what he saw, and it's hard to blame him.

Here's what the ratings look like:

The top two are obvious and correct. Then you get to No. 3, and uh... what?

Rob Gronkowski hasn't played football since Feb. 3, 2019, and was ravaged by injuries in his last few years with the Patriots before attempting to retire. He also turned 31 this past May.

Is it possible the Buccaneers tight end returns to his Hall of Fame-level play this season? I guess, maybe. But making Gronkowski a 95, and placing him over more than a few tight ends who had huge 2019 seasons, is absolutely insane.

Ertz certainly felt miffed by the ratings, and took to Twitter to voice his displeasure:

Yeah, I think that's how most folks reacted.

Ertz should probably a point or two higher than 90, but that's neither here nor there. He should be above Gronkowski, no questions asked. Ertz is one of the most consistently productive tight ends of the last 10 years, a guy who is basically unguardable for opposing defenses. Gronkowski, again, hasn't played since February 2019.

It's just a video game, so it's not exactly something to get worked up over, but Gronkowski should be below Ertz, Austin Hooper, Mark Andrews, and Darren Waller at a minimum. I'd also probably take Evan Engram over Gronkowski right now.

Luckily, we have less than two months until regular season football is scheduled to begin, so we can stop speculating and start playing.

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Sports Uncovered Podcast: How to listen to episode on Barret Robbins' Super Bowl disappearance

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Sports Uncovered Podcast: How to listen to episode on Barret Robbins' Super Bowl disappearance

Had the Eagles won the 2002 NFC Championship Game, they would've faced the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII, and possibly rewritten franchise history.

It also may have changed the life of former Oakland Raiders center Barret Robbins, the Pro Bowl center who spent the day before the Super Bowl bar-hopping and drinking before ultimately missing the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It stands as one of the strangest Super Bowl stories of all-time.

In the fifth episode of NBC Sports' "Sports Uncovered" podcast series, "The Mysterious Disappearance that Changed a Super Bowl", NBC Sports Bay Area takes a deep dive into Robbins' story, from his early diagnosis with depression in college to the self-destructive day of drinking that took him all the way into Mexico.

The episode features interviews with Robbins' former teammates like Barry Sims, former Raiders executives like Bruce Allen, and more.

The episode releases Thursday, July 9. You can listen to this episode and the entire "Sports Uncovered" series by subscribing for free wherever you listen to podcasts.

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