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Gerald McCoy posts “goodbye message” on social media

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On Wednesday afternoon, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy finally broke his silence about the team releasing him on Monday after nine seasons.

McCoy’s post on Instagram reflected his personality, including beginning with a shot of the Batman logo on his shirt, and theme music playing over his car sound system:

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THANK YOU!! 🙏🏾🦇

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McCoy was clearly coming from a workout, as he was sweating profusely while sitting in his vehicle. And, then he proceeded to give his message to the fans and the Tampa Bay area that he’s called home since coming into the NFL in 2010.

“What’s up everybody?! I know this is supposed to be so emotional video. Some long extended thank you from me. Starting with the Glazer family (Bucs owners) you guys changed my life, my family’s life forever making me a Buccaneer. (I) Grew up a Buccaneers fan. A Warren Sapp fan, and just loving the organization. Ya’ll changed my life forever.”

McCoy then continued,

To all the fans: the ones who love me, the ones who hated me, all the writers and everybody who’s apart of Tampa. The ones who wrote bad about me, the ones who wrote good about me, evvveeery-body, anything including Tampa, man I just thank you guys. You guys made me who I am. So, I love everybody.

To all the fans who supported me regardless, who will continue to support me regardless, I love you guys. I am a Buccaneer forever, and I will be back. I will retire as a Buc.

But, for now….”

He then clicked the music back on in the car, flashed a “peace sign” and the video stopped.

McCoy was released Monday saving the Bucs $13 million on the salary cap for 2019.

McCoy, who made six consecutive Pro Bowls from 2012-2017 and was the Bucs former number one pick (third overall) in 2010, still had three years remaining on a lucrative six year $95.2 million contract. However, none of the remaining money for this year or the future was guaranteed. So, there is only salary cap relief for the team by making the move.

The Bucs are rumored to be signing the guy who was drafted by Detroit one spot in front of McCoy in 2010 and that’s former Rams and recently, Dolphins DT Ndamukong Suh. Suh has remained a free agent since the Rams did not re-sign him off his one year 2018 deal. That deal has not been finalized or announced, yet.

We have also written that McCoy will not likely stay free for long, as teams like the Saints, the Browns and maybe even, the Chargers could create a bidding war for him.

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Fantasy Football “Start/Sit” for Florida players Week 14

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Everyone’s favorite time of year has arrived, that is if you had a good season. The fantasy playoffs are here, and if you made it, chances are some Florida players helped get there.

This week the Buccaneers will host the reeling Colts. The Jaguars will host the under-performing Chargers, and the Dolphins travel to play the ever-disappointing Jets.

The Buccaneers will entertain the Colts, who have the 13th overall defense. The Colts are 1-4 in their last five games and desperately need a win. Last week, they were torched on the ground by Titans RB Derick Henry. However, this was the first 100-yard rusher against the Colts this season.

The Bucs again surprised fantasy players last week, when Ronald Jones was benched in the first half for not picking up a blitz. This led to Peyton Barber scoring two touchdowns, while Jones had zero points. The Colts have surrendered two passing touchdowns in each of their last three games. Last week the Tampa Bay offense didn’t have to do nearly as much as usual.

This week, expect the Bucs vertical passing to be back throwing the ball at least 35 times. With a stout run defense, Jameis Winston will need to be at the top of his game in a big test for this Bucs team.

The Jaguars offense has been rough through the air with Nick Foles back. Now, Foles is back on the bench in favor of rookie, Gardner Minshew. The Chargers come into town with the 4th ranked pass defense, but let Drew Lock and Cortland Sutton connect for 74 yards and two touchdowns. The Chargers own the 18th ranked rush defense, and that is music to the ears of Leonard Fournette.

It has been a rough couple of weeks for the running back facing some stout run defenses. This weekend look for Fournette to get back on track. With the return of Minshew means the D.J. Chark becomes even more attractive. Chark was still the top guy with Foles in, but he and Minshew have a good connection.

The Dolphins are coming off one of the stunners of the year beating the Eagles in a 37-31 shootout. This week they set their sights on the Jets, who just gave the Bengals their first win. The Jets have the leagues’ best-run defense, which is usually significant. However, the Dolphins can’t run the ball effectively at all.

That means Ryan Fitzpatrick will be throwing a lot against the 19th ranked pass defense.

Last week Fitzpatrick and Devante Parker destroyed the Eagles secondary. This week they will have all the opportunities to do the same thing to the Jets. With the tight end position a mess, Mike Gesicki is an option again, who has scored in two straight games.

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Colts Kicker Adam Vinateri out for Bucs game

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The Colts are traveling to Tampa Bay but will likely take on the Bucs without their future Hall of Fame Kicker, Adam Vinatieri.

Before the matchup last week against the Titans, Vinatieri had began to experience a bit of pain in his left knee, the leg he plants to kick with his right leg. He told reporters that the pain began to increase through the week which led him to be placed on the Colt’s injury report for the first time this season.

Later Friday afternoon, Indy made Vinatieri’s “out” status official:

Vinatieri who is currently the NFL’s all-time leading scorer, has struggled to be consistent this season and has made a career-low 68% of his field goal attempts. He’s cost the Colt’s a couple of games in his missed eight field goals and six extra points.

Colts head coach Frank Reich said Wednesday that Vinatieri saw some doctors and got scans to figure out the severity of the problem. From there, they’ll consult with doctors and make a decision, which could potentially end his career. He’s currently sitting at 599 made FGs in his 24 seasons, just one shy of the 600 mark.

Earlier this week, Indianapolis secured rookie kicker Chase McLaughlin off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers and the 45 year old Pro Bowler had said on Thursday that if he got the go ahead from everyone, he’d take the field on Sunday.

“Docs and trainers and everybody will put their two cents in and we’ll see if we can go,” Vinatieri said. “If I can go, I’ll go.”

Obviously, he did not get good news, and that means the rookie McLaughlin is in to kick at Raymond James Stadium.

The Colts are looking to stay in the race for the AFC wild card spot, in a similar situation as the Bucs, so this Sunday (and really every Sunday from here on out) is a do or die for both teams.

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