McCoy was already due $24.5 million over the next three seasons. We need to see the full structure of the contract, but this new contract guarantees more money up front before McCoy potentially hits the back nine of his career. Unlike Randall Cobb's four-year contract from Saturday, it would be a surprise if "Shady" played this entire deal out.
When a new coach and new owner arrive in town, usually there is a honeymoon period before real expectations set in. But the arrival of McCoy, Rex Ryan, and owner Terry Pegula combined with a wildly talented defense have raised the bar in Buffalo. Anything short of a playoff appearance in 2015 would be a disappointment now.