- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Former Washington Commanders running back J.D. McKissic plans to sign a two-year, $7 million deal with the Buffalo Bills, according to multiple reports — creating a new hole at the position for the Burgundy and Gold. 

McKissic, 28, had emerged as a valuable contributor for Washington over the last two years. He joined the team on a two-year, $3.27 million contract, a deal that quickly proved to be a steal as McKissic became featured prominently in the offense. In 2020, McKissic was targeted 110 times — a league-high for running backs — and produced 954 yards (589 receiving, 365 rushing) from scrimmage. Last year, McKissic was still productive even as he missed six games because of a season-ending neck injury that he suffered in late November. 

Now, McKissic joins a contender in Buffalo. He is the second player to leave Washington for the Bills in recent days as Buffalo also agreed to terms with defensive tackle Tim Settle on a two-year, $9 million deal. 

McKissic‘s contract contains incentives that can boost the overall value to $8 million. ESPN first reported the news. 

Washington will now have to find a pass-catching back to pair with starter Antonio Gibson and fill McKissic‘s absence.

• Matthew Paras can be reached at mparas@washingtontimes.com.

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