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Browns QB Mayfield actively recruiting Gerald McCoy

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It’s still not known where former Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy will end up in free agency. However, the leader of the Cleveland Browns is making it clear on Saturday, he’s doing everything he can for McCoy to be in Northern Ohio.

Browns second-year quarterback Baker Mayfield is holding a football camp in Cleveland and he told the media Saturday afternoon he’s actively trying to lure the six-time Pro Bowler to Cleveland:

McCoy visited the Browns as the first team on his list earlier this week, but left without agreeing to a new deal. He has subsequently visited the Browns rival the Baltimore Ravens, but likewise, did not sign. McCoy is also talking to the Carolina Panthers this weekend about possibly doing a free agency deal with them.

Cleveland first-year head coach Freddie Kitchens was also asked Thursday about the team trying to persuade McCoy to rebuff future offers and come join them:

The Bucs released the nine year veteran two weeks ago rather than pay him his non-guaranteed $13 million salary. Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma in 2017 and has a Sooner connection to McCoy, who was an All American at OU in 2009.

The Browns have the fourth most money under the salary cap as of Saturday at just over $30 million, and it’s believed they could pay McCoy in upwards of $10 million per season or more 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, in addition to drafting 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.

It’s not known if McCoy will make a decision after visiting the Panthers, but we continue to maintain that the New Orleans Saints will become a possible outlet for him due to his relationship off the field with quarterback Drew Brees.

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