There apparently is no shortage of teams who have lined up to get their hands on former Buccaneers Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. And, the first team to publicly acknowledge that they’re hosting him is the Cleveland Browns.
The Browns released on their social media Thursday that they were anxious to welcome McCoy to their facility with the chance to sign the free agent, who was released in a salary cap move by the Buccaneers on Monday:
We're set to host free agent, All-Pro DT Gerald McCoy
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) May 23, 2019
As we have previously written, the Browns were one of the teams that was apparently trying to make a trade for McCoy either prior to the NFL draft or just after. When Buccaneers GM Jason Licht could not make a deal, the Bucs finally decided to part ways with the former number 1 pick from 2010.
The Browns have the second most money under the salary cap as of Friday morning at just over $30 million, and it’s believed could pay McCoy in upwards of $10 million per season on a new deal. Cleveland has been very aggressive over the last couple of years in free agency, including signing former Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry to a massive contract a year ago.
The team also traded for New York Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. this past off season, and, of course drafted former Oklahoma Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Baker Mayfield with the number one overall pick in the 2018 draft.
Defensively, the Browns drafted former Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett with the number one overall pick in 2017. McCoy would be considered veteran leader and immediately upgrade the inside of the Browns, or anyone else’s, defensive interior.
We continue to maintain that the New Orleans Saints will get strong consideration, as well, because McCoy trains every offseason with Drew Brees in San Diego. And, the Saints obviously offer an opportunity for McCoy to play against the Buccaneers twice a year in the NFC South.
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