Bucs to release DT McCoy


The agreement comes with three years remaining on the contract McCoy signed with the Buccaneers in October of 2014.

McCoy was selected by Tampa Bay as the third overall pick in the 2010 draft.

In 2018, he had six sacks and 28 tackles.

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Adding this kind of depth to an already formidable defensive line should make fans giddy. He was due $13 million this season, but the Bucs made a decision to save cap space by releasing him. Browns legendary LT Joe Thomas told Doerschuk, "I'd have to pinch myself" if Dorsey would be able to land McCoy on top of the additions so far, like star WR Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, and Sheldon Richardson among others. "We wish Gerald, along with his wife, Ebony, and the entire McCoy family continued success and thank them for everything they have meant to our organization and community". He ranked as the 28th-best defensive tackle in the league last season, per Pro Football Focus player grades.

Tampa Bay apparently worked with McCoy on the matter and wants him to find a suitable home. Tampa Bay had reportedly been attempting to trade McCoy but apparently found no suitors to take on his $13 million salary. This move has everything to do with the money and not the waning abilities of Gerald McCoy. Plus, bringing him in would allow defensive coordinator Steve Wilks to rotate his guys more and keep them fresh for a potential playoff run.

The Buccaneers must fill yet another hole on the defensive side of the ball with the release of the veteran McCoy.