Where Will McCoy End Up?
Recently released Defensive Tackle Gerald McCoy is headed into his 10th season in the NFL. McCoy was in Tampa for his first 9 seasons and the factor for him being released was ultimately money. The Buccaneers as an organization decided that he was not worth the $13M that they were going to pay him this upcoming season due to his on field play. McCoy is already being sought out by teams looking for an All-Pro Defensive Tackle to make an immediate impact. These teams include the Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Chargers, Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts and of course, the Buccaneers division rival New Orleans Saints.
The Cleveland Browns: They weren’t interested in trading for McCoy and his $13M but would love to sign him for cheaper. Cleveland Browns players have been lobbying for McCoy to head to Cleveland after he was released including Odell Beckham Jr. McCoy seemed to have his eyes on the Browns as well as he commented when the NFL posted on Instagram about the Browns. Myles Garrett doesn’t believe that McCoy should come and the Browns are okay with what they have but he will welcome McCoy if he gets signed.
Los Angeles Chargers: Could pair McCoy with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram to get possibly 2 of the best edge rushers with an elite DT. The Chargers Defense needs a big man in the middle and McCoy would fit in perfectly.
Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots: They would love McCoy paired up with his friend Michael Bennett again. Bennett was acquired in a trade this off-season and him and McCoy could be the power to keep the Patriots at the top of the league.
Indianapolis Colts: The Colts Came out of the blue in the Gerald McCoy sweepstakes but the fit would make sense as the Colts really don’t have a solid Defensive Lineman on their roster with the exception of Jabaal Sheard.
The division rival New Orleans Saints: This would be the Buccaneerss worst nightmare in terms of signing Gerald McCoy. McCoy would have a vengeance to prove that he is still elite and was worth that contract twice a year if signed in New Orleans. McCoy would also play alongside Cameron Jordan and Sheldon Rankins and that line right there could make some noise across the league. This is the one to watch out for.
It is now rumored that the Cincinnati Bengals are now interested in the Defensive Tackle. Overall, Gerald McCoy still has a lot to prove and whoever signs him will be getting a lineman with a purpose and a chip on their shoulder. McCoy was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3rd overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. He has been a leader consistently on the field and off the field. His community work will not be forgotten. Gerald McCoy stated on his Instagram that he intends to retire as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer.
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