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Gerald McCoy chooses Carolina Panthers

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Former Buccaneers Pro Bowl free agent Gerald McCoy will get to go regularly against his old team. This after the free-agent has decided to stay in the NFC South and sign with the Carolina Panthers.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter had the news late Monday afternoon that McCoy had decided to play in Charlotte for the upcoming season after having visited the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens:

McCoy was slated to make $13 million non guaranteed this season in Tampa Bay. The Panthers have just over $18 million in salary-cap room for the season, according to Spotrac.com on Monday.

NFL Network insider, Ian Rapoport had the contract details first Monday evening breaking down the one year deal with incentives:

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, the new coaching staff led by Bruce Arians took the salary cap relief  by making the move.

Meanwhile, the Buccaneers moved on from McCoy by signing free agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to a one year $9 million deal and he met with the media on Friday for the first time. Suh was drafted by Detroit one spot in front of McCoy in 2010 and played for the NFC champion Rams on a one year deal in 2018. Suh had remained a free agent since the Rams did not re-sign him off his one year 2018 deal.

The Bucs and new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles are implementing his 3-4 defensive scheme and obviously feel that Suh is better suited to play in, especially against the run. The Bucs also spent their first round pick on defensive tackle Vita Vea in 2018 and he came on strong at the end of last season.

Suh also announced Monday through social media, that he will take McCoy’s number 93 for this season:

Back to McCoy. He will get to be on the field with Carolina for mini-camp later this week. And he will obviously get two cracks at playing the Bucs and QB Jameis Winston this season starting with a Thursday night game in September in Charlotte. The next matchup is in October in London.

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