Cowboys release Gerald McCoy

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The Cowboys have released defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, the team announced.

Nick Eatman of the team website reports the Cowboys “had an injury waiver on McCoy’s right quadriceps and chose to release him, but have hopes of re-signing him next year when he’s healthy.”

McCoy signed a three-year, $18.3 million contract this offseason. The move takes the team off the hook for McCoy’s $3.25 million in base salary and roster bonuses this season. He will keep his $3 million signing bonus.

The right quadriceps was specified in the contract language as Mike Garafolo of NFL Media tweeted.

McCoy, 32, tore his quadriceps tendon in the first padded practice Monday. He underwent surgery Tuesday, according to Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News, and McCoy will miss the 2020 season.

McCoy spent the first nine seasons of his career in Tampa after the Bucs made him the third overall choice. He missed 21 games with the Bucs, including 10 in 2011. McCoy played all 16 games with Carolina last season.

61 responses to “Cowboys release Gerald McCoy

  1. Well so much for that long illustrious cowboys career. In all seriousness I truly do wish him a speedy and healthy recovery.

  2. Sounds like a mutually agreed upon concern. Good business move. Bummer he got hurt.

  3. Smart move need the money although it was surprising to me. But yeah next year being 33 and coming off injury…. would rather drat another young stud next year. Maybe they need the money cuz they are thinking trade? Maybe.

  4. LOL heartless

    I guess this is what you get when you take shots at Jerry about kneeling.

    So messed up SMH

  5. Feel bad for McCoy but the Cowboy’s were pretty sharp for recognizing a possible defect in getting a return on investment..

    All things being equal I’m sure they would have much rather had him healthy and make the season though

  6. I understand it’s a business decision. You release McCoy making him a free agent. Then say you hope to resign him next year if he’s healthy. I’m sure McCoy will look around before he signs another Cowboy contract for the best deal for him.

  7. But..but… he had a “guaranteed contract”!!!!!

    Of course it made no sense to pay him all that money when they weren’t going to be getting anything in return.

  8. bigtimewhodat says:
    August 18, 2020 at 5:23 pm
    now THATS coldblooded

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    how? McCoy signed the contract with the caveat that it could be terminated if he injured his right quad. He injured his right quad. It’s not cold blooded, its grown up adults honouring an agreement.

  9. It’s just business, and someone in Cowboyland made a good risk management decision which McCoy agreed to when he signed. Hopefully he heals up and plays again, if he wants to.

  10. It’s a Cowboys message. Gerald McCoy sleeps with the fishes.

    “it’s not personal–it’s strictly business” Sonny Corleone aka Jerry Jones The Godfather

  11. ktoast says:
    August 18, 2020 at 5:50 pm
    bigtimewhodat says:
    August 18, 2020 at 5:23 pm
    now THATS coldblooded

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    how? McCoy signed the contract with the caveat that it could be terminated if he injured his right quad. He injured his right quad. It’s not cold blooded, its grown up adults honouring an agreement.

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    Thank you for interjecting some common sense (and saving me some typing).

  12. If you’re still doin it in the NFL after 30 you’ve had a decent career. Gerald McCoy seems like a pretty good dude. I hope he gets this sorted out with no lasting effects.

  13. Normally, this wouldn’t happen. It’s not cold blooded. It’s the way the contract was designed due to previous concern. I can see that and I’m an eagles fan.

    Hopefully he recovers speedily and comes back next year.

  14. Man that sucks.. And he got injured mimicking an offensive lineman in some warmup drill. What a raw deal.

  15. When McCoy was calling Jerry out for his silence, I don’t think this was what he wanted to hear.

  16. ktoast says:
    August 18, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    how? McCoy signed the contract with the caveat that it could be terminated if he injured his right quad. He injured his right quad. It’s not cold blooded, its grown up adults honouring an agreement.

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    You’re not wrong. That was in the language of McCoy’s contract.

    My issue with stuff like this is less with the Cowboys and more with the league. Also stated in McCoy’s contract was that he has some sort of preexisting condition that, I assume, predisposes him to right quad issues (hence why the Cowboys had this written into his contract). If so, the NFL should have something in place to protect players in this situation, particularly if his preexisting condition comes from an earlier issue tied to playing football. I don’t think that’s the Cowboys problem, especially for a player that has no history with the team. They have the cap to contend with.

    I don’t know how much McCoy’s made in his career, but I’m guessing he’s well enough off given his draft pedigree and tenure that he can handle this. This kind of stuff sometimes happens with lower-salaried players (typically fringe players) that don’t have that luxury, though. In conjunction with the league’s track record on other issues concerning long-term player safety and wellness, contributes to the idea that they could do more.

  17. wingyjets says:
    August 18, 2020 at 5:32 pm
    LOL heartless

    I guess this is what you get when you take shots at Jerry about kneeling.

    So messed up SMH

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    If you read and understood the article, you would find that it is neither heartless nor messed up. The contract specifically states that it can be terminated if McCoy were to injure his right quad. He injured his right quad. There is nothing heartless or messed up about grown ups honouring a contract.

  18. mackcarrington says:
    August 18, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    Of course it made no sense to pay him all that money when they weren’t going to be getting anything in return.

    +++++

    It also made no sense for someone to call for the Cowboys to sue McCoy because he failed to keep himself healthy. Zero sense.

  19. Any chance we can have posters take and pass a third grade reading comprehension exam before they are allowed to post here?

  20. He was set to make $2.5M base this year with with $1M of his signing bonus attributed to the season – so $3.5M. Instead, he’ll keep his $3M signing bonus (which accelerates for cap purposes to a $3M hit this year), and make $3M for 2020, rather than $3.5M.

    Cowboys also had a cheap out after 2020 anyway (with only about $3.5M in dead cap), so he was very likely only a 2020 solution from the start unless he balled out.

    In short, I doubt there are hard feelings over this. Biggest issue is that he now doesn’t have a team facility and team doctors to rehab with. He’ll be footing that bill now.

  21. C’mon yall. He got 3 million dollars for 1 day of practice.
    You would think that should tide him over until recovered.

  22. Injured on a Monday, surgery on a Tuesday. Where can I get that kinda health insurance?

  23. You can’t really blame the Cowboys for this. He was going to miss the entire season so how can you keep him on the roster. I’m not sure how the IR works so that might have been an option. However, that link in the story mentions this particularly injury specifically so this shouldn’t be a big surprise to McCoy or anyone. It’s just bad luck for McCoy but at least he has his $3M signing bonus as a consolation prize.

  24. ktoast says:
    Any chance we can have posters take and pass a third grade reading comprehension exam before they are allowed to post here?
    ==

    Agreed, although reading comprehension comes into play only if you actually read the story.
    More than a few clearly did not.

  25. So many people calling the contract coldblooded. Did, or did not, this man get $3 million USD for virtually nothing at all? That’s $3,000,000.00.

    Clearly it was a smart contract on both sides. The Cowboys got themselves an out, in case the concern came to fruition, and dude got a guaranteed paycheck to take the risk with his body. Sounds pretty fair and warm-blooded to me.

  26. I hate he got hurt but they did not need him. I bet if the truth was known the Cowboys wish they still had Jelks now.

  27. chaseutley says:
    August 18, 2020 at 5:25 pm
    Kicking a man while he’s down.
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    The Cowboys included an injury waiver in the contract. If you were going to sign a player who had been placed on IR in 3 of their 10 seasons, would you not do the same thing? The guy got $3 million from the Cowboys and never played a game for them.

  28. Sounds like each party had found an acceptable risk level. McCoy knew he’d be getting at least $3 mil no matter what, and the team knew they wouldn’t have to pay more than that if he was hurt.

    Having come to a mutually beneficial arrangement like that is probably the best thing for his hopes of being signed in the future, either in Dallas or elsewhere.

  29. He still walks away with 3 large just for signing his name. Not a bad deal for two seconds worth of work.

  30. And THIS is why players holdout for security. They’re one freak injury away from potentially having career compromises. Gerald got 3 million to keep at least (not counting taxes, surgery, and health insurance), others usually aren’t as lucky

  31. The way Washington treated Alex Smith compared to how the Cowboys treated McCoy perfectly captures the moral worth of the two franchises.

  32. On the surface it does feel cold to release the guy after he got hurt, but he got 3 million for half a practice and to essentially get paid to rehab. Not too shabby, tbh.

  33. Players remind up all the time that it’s a business. And this is how the business goes.

  34. dirtysouthironmen says:
    August 18, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    He still walks away with 3 large just for signing his name. Not a bad deal for two seconds worth of work.
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    Umm, that would be 3 Mega-large, not just large. Where come from, 3 “large” is 3 thousand, not million

  35. Not to bad. Walk into camp. Blow out a quad. Get 3 million dollars. All in a days work.

  36. mackcarrington says:
    August 18, 2020 at 5:43 pm
    But..but… he had a “guaranteed contract”!!!!!

    Of course it made no sense to pay him all that money when they weren’t going to be getting anything in return.
    ________________

    McCoy still made $3 million (signing bonus) just for putting a pen to paper.

  37. When you bad-mouth the boss and then have to show up hat in hand to get you check lol

  38. For everyone calling this cold, I get it but he does have $3 million to keep him warm.

  39. YouEnjoyMyself says:
    August 18, 2020 at 6:10 pm
    Injury cost him $3.25 million. Ouch.

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    Less of an ouch when you consider he gets $3 million to not play.

  40. YouEnjoyMyself says:
    August 18, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    Injury cost him $3.25 million. Ouch.

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    Injury also earned him $3 million for almost 0 effort. Most Americans will put 100% effort their entire lives and never see that much money. 80% of Earth’s population is in the same boat. And you’re worried about the money he missed out on?

  41. Whoever is Dallas’ money man, the guy who put the correct language into the contract, earned his money… He saved the team a fortune by being smart.

    Yes, this sucks… But the NFL can be a cold-blooded place and Dallas did the only thing they could do…

  42. Welp…so much for that nasty D-line they were “allegedly” going to have with the signing of McCoy & Poe.

    Look for Poe to drop next with his recurring back problem.

  43. It wasn’t so cold blooded. McCoy’s possible quad issue came up in pre-signing physical, so the Cowboys protected themselves against something just like this.

    The guy gets $3million for practicing for 2 days, so he can’t really complain.

  44. Cotton Weary says:
    August 18, 2020 at 5:23 pm
    One of the greatest ever to put on the star

    I hope this is sarcasm…otherwise Randy White, Ed Too Tall, and several others are rolling their eyes. Nice guy, above average player, among the greatest? I’m going with no.

  45. “It’s not cold blooded, its grown up adults honouring an agreement.”

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    Come on, teams and players don’t honor contracts all the time. Every year we read about players holding out and wanting a bigger contract or teams threatening to cut players to pay them less than the contract.

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