There is no doubt that Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is one of the premier defensive linemen in the NFL. There is also no doubt that he’s endured a lot of losing and coaching changes in his eight years in Tampa Bay. And, finally, there is no doubt that “juicy rumors” get floated all over the NFL off season from January through April.
So, when a rumor went out on the internet Tuesday afternoon, that McCoy, a Pro Bowler for the last six years in Tampa Bay, was potentially going to be traded, everyone perked up, including the hulking former Oklahoma Sooners defensive star.
Mike Sando, an ESPN.com NFL Writer, reported Tuesday afternoon on several different deals that could happen, according to “unnamed” league executives.
He wrote about McCoy:
4. The Oakland Raiders send a 2018 second-round pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for DT Gerald McCoy.
“Defensive tackle is a big question mark for the Raiders. McCoy, who turned 30 last month, remains a front-line player at the position. He is signed through 2020, with base salaries between $10 million and $13 million, and only $500,000 of proration remaining, all in 2018.
Tampa Bay could use its early picks to revamp its defensive line, with an emphasis on outside rushers. There was some question among execs whether McCoy would command a second-round pick at age 30 and whether the Buccaneers could comfortably part with him.
Buffalo could be another logical destination for McCoy. Tampa Bay could conceivably ask for defensive end Jerry Hughes as part of its return for McCoy. Hughes is scheduled to earn $7.35 million in salary and bonuses for each of the next two seasons. Sending receiver DeSean Jackson to Kansas City for Dee Ford was another suggested trade to help the Bucs’ pass rush, despite doubts over whether the Chiefs would be interested in Jackson at this stage.”
Again, this is an off-season, “let’s kick around some scenarios, ask some people about what they think and then write up the item” piece.
Sando isn’t reporting anything, much less that he has it from any of the teams he mentioned that they have inquired, much less made an offer.
It’s just theoretical fodder.
Back to McCoy, he saw the internet buzz, knows that sportsradio would talk it up, etc. And he decided to let Buccaneers fans and everyone else know last night, that he’s not going anywhere:
Well well well free agency on its way and the draft in the near future will cause people to write anything. TRADE……….. IM NOT LEAVING!! pic.twitter.com/n5xay0mkU8
— Gerald McCoy (@Geraldini93) March 7, 2018
McCoy is signed for the next three seasons, he is one of the “faces of the franchise” for the Buccaneers, and with the fact that he’s been through six losing seasons in the last seven, and three head coach firings, he deserves the chance to stay, if he wants to stay, in Tampa Bay.
And, it looks like he made that fairly clear.
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