Now that the Bucs have released perennial Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy on Monday night, the question becomes for the veteran defensive tackle: which places are the most logical landing areas for him?
And, the Bucs have to be somewhat concerned that one of those is an NFC South rival.
As we wrote about earlier Monday night, McCoy has trained frequently in the off seasons of his nine-year pro career in San Diego with Saints quarterback Drew Brees, as they share the same personal trainer and staff.
The Saints have been the standard of the NFC South since McCoy has come into the league, and they would love nothing more than to grab somebody to help them along the defensive front and haunt the Buccaneers twice a year in the process.
As of Monday Night according to spotrac.com, the Saints sit $8.4 million under the cap and could easily give McCoy most of that in a 1-year guaranteed deal. They also could restructure other contracts after June 1st and even release players if needed, to give McCoy significantly more if they wanted.
The team with the most salary cap room, as of Monday Night, is the Indianapolis Colts with a staggering $58.5 million available for this season. However, now that it’s McCoy’s choice, you wonder if you would choose the Midwest any team that he has no real ties to? Then again, the Colts were a playoff team a year ago, and are clearly going to be a contender again this season.
It has been reported that the Cleveland Browns and their GM John Dorsey had been talking to the Buccaneers and their GM Jason Licht about a possible McCoy trade in and around the draft or even post draft. That trade never came to fruition, but McCoy may now be on “the Brownies” radar. Cleveland sits at $33.3 million under the cap currently.
A dark horse team to watch out for could be, the Dallas Cowboys. It’s no secret that owner / GM Jerry Jones loves to make splash signings and moves. And Dallas has $19.4 million under their cap for this season. The challenge for them is they have to contemplate new extension deals for both QB Dak Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliott for the future. And, McCoy might not be able to make very much even, if he’s playing under the Silver Star in Big D.
One final point is that McCoy was one of the last rookie classes were there was not a rookie salary cap under the old collective bargaining agreement. Therefore, he made $18 million in his 2010 rookie season and made over $67 million dollars in his nine-year Bucs career.
So, clearly he doesn’t have to have money, as the primary motive for whatever team or situation he goes to for 2019.
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