Will Browns try to trade for Gerald McCoy?

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They’ve added defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, and they could soon be landing another high-profile defensive lineman, eventually.

Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository reports that the Browns have “ongoing interest” in Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.

The third overall pick in the 2010 draft, the 31-year-old McCoy has been available for much of the offseason, but no deal has even been regarded as close. Doerschuk suggests that running back Duke Johnson could be the bait for a Tampa Bay trade.

Signed through 2021, McCoy is due to earn $13 million in 2019, $12.5 million in 2020, and nearly $13 million in the final year of his contract.

Doerschuk points out that coach Bruce Arians has expressed ambivalence about paying so much to McCoy, given the reality that at his age McCoy’s performance could begin to dip. The question then becomes whether the Browns would be willing to pay McCoy $13 million this year, or whether they’d want to pay him less.

And if the Browns won’t be taking McCoy’s contract as is, his better play could be to dig in his feet and wait to be cut, picking his next team instead of his next team picking him.

Whether it’s Cleveland or elsewhere, it seems increasingly clear that McCoy won’t be playing for the Buccaneers in 2019.

12 responses to “Will Browns try to trade for Gerald McCoy?

  1. Why? He is on the wrong side of 30 and would just make your team old. Build on your youth with more youth. Stop trading away draft picks.

  2. Just an opinion, but I think there are too many upcoming contracts to hand out, before trading for McCoy, unless you can get him to re-structure his current contract, and that is very unlikely. Hopefully, JD doesn’t lead this amazing “paper roster” into a cap abyss. I’d rather see the on-field product first before adding any more “high profile” contracts……very very good job by Dorsey so far !! Just don’t miss the forest for the trees.

  3. At this point he’s an excellent rotational piece in an already very good line. He’s not a full time starter. Wrong side of 30, DT’s decline quickly.

  4. tollisonsmith says:
    April 29, 2019 at 11:56 pm
    Tampa to Cleveland. What did he do wrong?
    Cleveland is young and thriving. Tampa is a retirement home. The cities and the teams.

  5. “Cleveland is young and thriving. Tampa is a retirement home. The cities and the teams.”

    This Retirement home has a Superbowl and Stanley Cup Trophies!

  6. For what ever the reason, Bruce Arians has made McCoy the poster boy for what was wrong last year for the Bucs. Clearly Arians doesn’t care for McCoy’s salary. McCoy is probably the the dominating DT he once was. Buy McCoy has value to a D-line that rotates a lot of players like the Cowboys do. Unfortunately, the ‘Boys drafted Hill and he and McCoy play the same position, under tackle. The Bucs just need to trade McCoy, since he doesn’t fit Arians / Bowles defense. McCoy made may to take a pay cut.

  7. I realize she was the villain, but that ex-showgirl wife of the owner who died, pretty accurately pegged the mistake by the lake and why anyone with any sense would much rather live where you’ve got beautiful weather with golf, tennis, boating, sailing, fishing, swimming, beautiful beaches on the ocean year around and no state income tax because of all the tourism where everybody loves to come here for vacations.

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