Report: Buccaneers will cut Gerald McCoy

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The Gerald McCoy era in Tampa Bay is coming to an end.

The Buccaneers have informed McCoy that they’re releasing him, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Although McCoy has been a six-time Pro Bowler and three-time first-team All-Pro in Tampa, the move comes as no surprise. McCoy is 31 years old, has started to show signs of declining play, and was due a $13 million base salary if he was on the team this year.

McCoy will certainly have options, and the Browns have already been identified as one team that has shown interest. He’ll have a hard time, however, finding a team willing to pay him the kind of money he was set to make from the Bucs.

Also complicating matters for McCoy will be that there are several defensive linemen still available in free agency, most notably Ndamukong Suh, who entered the NFL at the same time as McCoy. (Suh went second overall in the 2010 draft, and McCoy went third.) It would not be surprising to see the Buccaneers consider signing Suh to replace McCoy.

McCoy has said he’s looking forward to playing somewhere this season, he just doesn’t know where. It won’t be in Tampa.

21 responses to “Report: Buccaneers will cut Gerald McCoy

  1. early prediction: McCoy will have a better 2019 season than the Bucs because by default if he is signed it will be to a better team!…

  2. Hes regressed like crazy. This was a no brianer. Not to mention they were financially unable to sign their first round pick because of terrible cap management.

  3. Not one complaint about a team exercising their rights to just cut a player and not pay him. It’s amazing how so many football fans look at what teams do and don’t bat an eye but when a guy exercises what power he has to renegotiate his contract a huge part of the fan base jumps down that players throat for being greedy.

  4. It actually wasn’t the player who was greedy. It was our idiot GM who structured it that way, promising him help on the DL that he never delivered on. Good luck GMac, we’re going to miss you.

  5. Will sign a 1 year deal with a team, play lights out and sign a big deal the following year. Needs a change of scenery with a crap team and last year a Qb debacle that made the defense have to play more.

  6. “but when a guy exercises what power he has to renegotiate his contract a huge part of the fan base jumps down that players throat for being greedy.”

    Yeah, well, I think McCoy has made over 100 million in his career.

    When you have guys like Chris Long giving away a year’s salary or Aaron Donald donating a million bucks it’s hard to get behind holdouts. Saquon Barkley bragging about how he can live on endorsement money alone. They’re telling us they didn’t actually need that much money and will never spend it all.

  7. “Yeah, well, I think McCoy has made over 100 million in his career.

    When you have guys like Chris Long giving away a year’s salary or Aaron Donald donating a million bucks it’s hard to get behind holdouts. Saquon Barkley bragging about how he can live on endorsement money alone. They’re telling us they didn’t actually need that much money and will never spend it all.”

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    So, with that argument you take the side of a guy who has 40 times what McCoy has made in his entire career. It’s interesting the mental gymnastics required to call one person greedy and another person with 40 times that wealth not.

  8. I would say McCoy will produce a lot better this year with a better team with better Dline than Suh did in Rams with a talented Dline. McCoy was doubled and tripped and still had 6 sacks. A team like Dallas should pick him up. Put him in 1 tech and the kid that was drafted as 2 tech. Now thats a great line that will dominate if Jerry is smart.

  9. “So, with that argument you take the side of a guy who has 40 times what McCoy has made in his entire career. It’s interesting the mental gymnastics required to call one person greedy and another person with 40 times that wealth not.”

    I’m on the side of the fans. Players want the kind of money an owner has, let them start their own league and pay for all the operating costs.

    Yeah, I thought not.

    Pro athletes are among the most privileged people in America. Stop weeping for them.

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