The Buffalo Bills have reportedly stolen two players from the Washington Commanders in the first two days of the legal tampering period. On Monday, they agreed to terms with defensive tackle Tim Settle, and on Tuesday, Buffalo reportedly agreed to terms with running back/receiving back J.D. McKissic on a two-year, $7 million deal that has a max of $8 million, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The 28-year-old put together two career years in Washington. In 2020, McKissic racked up 954 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns in 16 games played, and in 2021, he recorded 609 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns in 11 games played. McKissic served as the receiving back for Washington while Antonio Gibson handled more of the work on the ground. McKissic was Washington’s second leading receiver in 2021, and third in 2020.
McKissic played a large role in Washington’s offense, and had a hand in clinching a couple wins. Last season in Week 4 vs. the Atlanta Falcons, McKissic scored a 30-yard, game-winning touchdown with 33 seconds left. In Week 2 vs. the New York Giants, McKissic had a 56-yard catch and run that set up a touchdown which gave Washington the lead late in the fourth quarter. He also converted a fourth down on Washington’s eventual game-winning drive.
Washington said re-signing McKissic was a priority, per NBC Sports Washington’s JP Finlay, but Washington reportedly never made an offer to try to keep him, according to Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post. Now, McKissic has a chance to find success with a legitimate contender.