It isn’t extraordinarily common for NFL players to renege on a deal with a team in free agency. But for one running back, that’s exactly what just happened.
According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, running back J.D. McKissic had agreed to a two-year, $7 million deal with the Buffalo Bills. But he’s has apparently had a change of heart.
McKissic is reportedly heading back to the Washington Commanders for the exact same deal. He’ll be back with the team where he’s gotten the most playing time in his NFL career.
Last year McKissic had 609 yards from scrimmage and a career-high four total touchdowns. In his two years with Washington, he’s totaled 1,563 yards from scrimmage and seven touchdowns, largely as a backfield receiving threat.
RB J.D. McKissic – who intended to sign a two-year, $7 million deal with the Buffalo Bills – changed his mind and is instead returning to Washington for the same compensation, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2022
With J.D. McKissic back with the Washington Commanders, he should be a good safety net for new starter Carson Wentz.
As for the Buffalo Bills, they already have a pretty solid group of running backs with Devin Singletary and Zach Moss. There was no guarantee that McKissic would have seen a larger role in the Bills offense despite the amount they’re paying him.
The NFL free agency is still young but the frenzy is still ongoing. If the Bills want a receiving threat out of the backfield that badly, they have plenty of time to find one.
That said, conversations with McKissic’s agent may get a little awkward moving forward.
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