LeSean McCoy said reuniting with head coach Andy Reid was a major factor in his decision to join the Kansas City Chiefs.
McCoy was cut by the Buffalo Bills but quickly signed a one-year, $4million deal with NFL rivals the Chiefs.
A six-time Pro Bowler, McCoy played under Reid with the Eagles from 2009 to 2012.
The 31-year-old running back explained his decision to move to the Chiefs instead of the Los Angeles Chargers.
“The best part about it is Andy Reid,” McCoy told reporters. “There are so many different answers [why]. I love coach Reid.
“The biggest thing for me is he’s always been honest since day one. He shoots you straight. … As a coach, I’ve learned so much from him.
“Now coming here, I’m sure he’ll teach me different things. I’m an older player, and I want to stretch my career out as long as possible. I want to be productive, as well.”
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The Chargers were also interested in McCoy and he would have had a chance to compete for a starting spot with the team because of Melvin Gordon’s holdout.
But McCoy said he preferred Kansas City, adding: “L.A. is far. I’ve got a seven-year-old son. He wouldn’t like that very much.”
McCoy struggled in Buffalo last season, rushing for just 514 yards and three touchdowns in 14 games. In Kansas City, he will slot into a backfield that features starter Damien Williams and rookie Darwin Thompson.
“There are some pretty good backs,” McCoy said. “That’s for coach Reid to handle. The good thing about that is he’s been doing it for a number of years. … I want to win and be with a winning team. Whatever it takes to get it done, we’ll do.”
Reid said he already has a plan for McCoy’s role with the Chiefs.
“He knows what to expect,” Reid said of McCoy. “I’ve been very honest with him about Damien and how good of a football player he is. I think it’s a great situation for both of them and for the team.
“For where he’s at in his career, you’re talking about potentially a future Hall of Famer with the numbers and stats he’s put together here. Here he has an opportunity to come to what potentially is a good football team as we go forward and be a part of that.”
The Chiefs will open the regular season on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.