As rookie minicamp comes to a close, the saga that is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive line continues.

While Gerald McCoy’s future with the Bucs has been an ongoing topic for months now, details surrounding Jason Pierre-Paul and the car accident that left him with a fractured vertabra continue to develop.

Pierre-Paul’s injury led many to speculate that it opens the door – perhaps more so than before, at least – for a return to Tampa Bay for McCoy, but comments have been few and far between from both parties. The uncertainty is again fueled with Pierre-Paul’s decision to forego surgery after multiple doctors reportedly told him that he could heal naturally, giving him a timetable of four to six months for a return to football.

When Mike Cairns of Spectrum Sports asked about his future Friday night at the Dicky V Gala in Sarasota, McCoy simply replied, “I’ll be playing football somewhere.”

McCoy continued when asked whether he’ll be playing football with the Bucs in 2019.

“I don’t know,” McCoy said. “I’m just here to be supportive tonight. The fans know I love them, I’ll be on the field at some point.”

Following the second day of rookie minicamp on Saturday it was no surprise that Bruce Arians was asked about both situations.

“That’s totally up to him,” Arians said of Pierre-Paul’s decision. “I can’t talk about his injuries and nothing’s changed from yesterday for me.”

Arians was a bit less candid when asked about McCoy’s comments.

“I don’t talk about guys that aren’t here,” Arians replied. “Ask me about a guy that’s here and I’ll talk about them all day.”

But the Bucs’ new head coach doesn’t seemed worried about either situation, clarifying that there’s nothing to be done and that they’re both scenarios that can be fixed by training camp, regardless of the outcomes.

“It’s easy. When we get to training camp we’ll have the guys that we want in there,” Arians said. “When I was in Arizona, that last week we’d always add that missing piece. We’re looking for that missing piece right now but there’s someone out there. John Abraham came in, Dwight Freeney came in, guys that really impacted our defense and Todd [Bowles] did a great job of matching them up so we’re nowhere near where we’re going to be in September. So we’ll just wait and see.”

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  1. I’m going to be gone for a few weeks, but wanted to put my 2 cents in here about Gerald McCoy,and the Bucs.
    Neither party has my respect as to their lack of communication between themselves. Where is the straight talk to Gerald about his situation face to face with Licht, then Arians. Where is Gerald straight up talk to Licht & Arians that he would like to stay and is willing to take a few million less.
    I’m disgusted with both parties; it appears to me there is way too much ego posturing going on at the moment.

    As to JPP, I don’t see him playing this year; quite frankly he doesn’t deserve to be paid for being reckless by not being a responsible person; dude what the heck were you thinking. This is twice now he has done something stupid and not just doing it to himself, but also effecting the team that has been supporting him.

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  2. This is looking like it’s turning to an ugly divorce, unfortunate.

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  3. Guys who care about winning really don’t care about the “Big money” ask Tom Brady. How many times has that guy restructured his contract to help the team? Plenty of times. I don’t believe he’s even paid in the top 10 at his position. I’m not a Brady fan at all but that guy truly cares about winning and will sacrifice money to win, that’s a fact.

    I’m not going to sit here and pretend I know what’s going on, none of us do. But if they asked GMC to take a pay cut I would hope he would for the betterment of the team. I would play a game for $7-8 million.

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  4. Of course Dom drafted him, but it’s always been McCoy was the corner stone, the one constant no matter who was in charge. Lovie, Schiano, Koetter, how many DC’s, how many D line coaches, have put their faith in McCoy as the best player on the team. How did that work out for them? Now B.A. comes in, and seems to want no part of McCoy going forward. Smart man. Whites his new leader on defense. Licht is trying to get the last drop of wine out of a grape holding on to GMC. So far it’s not working. Another clumsy end to a Bucs career, but it’s what you come to expect from a clumsy franchise led by a clumsy G.M.. Just because like with JPP the Bucs have time to decide what to do doesn’t mean they should wait to do something.

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  5. If you are the great Bruce Arians you do not need these top players you can replace them with backups from other teams
    4-5 round draft picks and players cut during other teams mini camps.
    No problem you have Todd Bowles the architect of the 2016-2018 worst defence in league New York Jets now fired and ran out of town coach.
    You can ask back ups to step up take the roles of these really good players now gone.
    Have a good long talk with them give them swagger and inspiration hell maybe Bucs can find a diamond in rough from the canadian league
    Bruce can fix any player with his talks.
    Feel assured Leftwich will be best OC in league nevermind in his 8 games at AZ they only scored 108 points about the same as now cut QB fitz scored in first 2 games
    Besides it was not Leftwich fault he inherited the worst team in league last year from past HC named Bruce Arians OPPS.

    These players can easily be replaced by the Great Bruce Arians with backups
    Gerald McCoy
    JPP
    Desean Jackson
    Kwon Alexander
    Adam Humphries
    Ryan Fitzpatrick
    Vinny Curry
    Bryan Anger

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    • Great list. If I’m McCoy, I’m signed for 13m. If I take a pay cut it is to play for a contender. I’m sure you would play for 7-8 million, Juju. How willing are you to work “your current job” for 50-60% if your boss says on a daily basis your too old and are being paid for past performance – sure you would jump at the chance. Players play to win, not to cover up ineptitude of the front office for mis-management of the cap. He will play somewhere, maybe at 7, 6, 5 or less. No doubt with a team with a chance to win once the Bucs cut him and he can have his choice. No team owes any player anything – no player owes any team anything. And certainly no player needs to put up with arm chair GMs who think they have the answers – and quit bringing up Tom Brady (1 QB out of the league who takes a few million less whose wife probably makes almost as he does – all the rest want the max or be guaranteed a starting job). In addition, you only read the posturing of one side – I’m sure McCoy’s agent remind him daily he can get half the pay elsewhere and choose his destination – if not they aren’t doing there job. Every team makes business decisions, the Bucs just feel obligated to trash the players on their way out, again, i.e., Warren, Derrick, etc., etc., etc. Jameis will be next regardless of how he performs unless they are willing to pay him 30 million as a top 10, as well as half a dozen others.

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  6. Oh no sky is falling again I’m crybaby, bitch and complain Suc-ass-bob. How can we ever win a single game after losing the leagues best? What a joke.
    These league bests got us 5 wins BTW. Yes they will all be replaced by better players who aren’t grossly overpaid.

    DeSean Jackson-head case and selfish. Doesn’t fight for ball. Had no chemistry with Winston. Bye bye jackass.

    Kwon Alexander-torn ACL May never be 100% again and always more likely to tear other one when this happens. Also a good leader but not great player who is not worth over 10 million/year.

    Adam Humphries-great slot guy again not worth over 10 million for 3rd or 4th WR that would asinine.

    Fitz-old doubt has much time less. Didn’t need QB controversy and history shows he never shines for long before being an int. Machine.

    Vinny Curry- hurt early never even frigging played here but we can’t replace him? How stupid is that? Lol

    Brian Anger-was overpaid on the decline and not even good punter anymore.

    Oh my god the sky is falling Bob! Your right for once. Not.

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  7. @horse I would bet there has been private discussions between GMC and management about his role and salary. I sincerely doubt that McCoy is willing to cut his salary. It is widely understood that players do not like renegotiating to earn millions less.

    Every tweet he’s sent since the offseason started has to do with change and being able to play. He tweets like he’s been disrespected. This won’t be an ugly divorce, just a divorce.

    I support the Bucs doing what’s best for the Bucs. Gerald had his chance to prove he was worth the big contract for 3 years and he’s been a non factor in wins and a culprit in losses. It’s tine to move on. Good luck in Cleveland.

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  8. I think JPP should consider retirement. It’s his neck. He’s over 30. He has plenty of money. Why risk the quality of the next 50 years of life to play another season or two? Lee Roy walked away. So did Mike Alstott. Maybe JPP should too. Go Bucs!

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  9. Friendster I’m not debating if they were overpaid or made too much money or were whiners
    The problem is they’re really good football players that aren’t here anymore that are being replaced with not so good football players this team had troubles last year they taking away nine of their best players and replacing them with nobody’s and they think a has been never was old Coach is going to make a difference

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  10. A month ago my criticism of this team brought 100% negative thumbs downs.
    Replies calling me every kind of moron in the book. Now it’s starting to be 50/50 NFL sports talk on NBC abetting who Jameis Winston will be a backup for next year one guy said Miami and everybody laughed. The world out there sees what’s happening here but pewter Boys & pewter trolls are in denial they think denial is a river in Egypt.

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    • “they think denial is a river in Egypt”

      Now that’s funny!

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  11. Isn’t Gerald McCoy the highest paid Buccaneer of all time (career earnings)? The dude should take a pay cut and show loyalty to this team. How is he going to act tougher on Instagram than he ever did on the field?

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  12. My Guess is GMC will not play for the Bucs. Usually when coaching staff want a player, they hurry up with the negoiations and sign him. And the Bucs probably are not even close to what GMC agent wants Although we are paying an Offensive lineman 10 mil with less talent than GMC, nobody wants to talk about that. NOBODY.
    And people kinda want GMC to say something ugly. He will not. Thats not him. I like the guy. He played his tail off for us for yrs when we had again..NOBODY. I hope he catches on with a contender. He deserves it. Those of you..old enough know our Buc history is frought with players who moved on and won superbowls. Good Luck GMC. You will land safely somewheres.And as usual, Our Bucs will regret not keeping you.

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  13. This team is snake bit….I see another losing season on the way…no making the playoffs…so Im buting a Browns cap and keeping it in the wings.

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  14. I guarantee Arians and Licht have already spoken with McCoy and they have already discussed every scenario between paycut and trades. They aren’t going to expose that and show their hand for possible trade pusposes. Everyone wants to think it’s a mess when we don’t know a fraction of what goes on.

    And where is bob-ssa-cub? I liked that guy! Not his evil twin though…

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  15. Sometimes and often..Our Bucs hold on to assets to long thinking there is hope. Many successful franchises do not. Easy Money Sweezy come to mind here. Lets pray the Bucs do their own assessment of JPP to determine his football worthiness. If the neck injury is bad..and it probably is..Lets cut him and move on. Don’t let the guy linger..return for a few games and then go back out. This is a business. And thus far, We (Bucs), have not
    been very good at it.

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  16. Fredster, you hit it on every player you mentioned.
    The reason we are a bit thin with cap space is we are already paying a few players like Marpet and our center a couple million more a year than they should be making.
    I’m sure there are a few more players like that, especially McCoy.
    Seriously folks, the league is full of DT’s who garner five or six sacks a season who make half as much as McCoy does and they don’t apologize to the QB after they hit him, either.

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  17. Bob, the NFl is a business. It has rules and regulations up the ass that make it impossible to keep everyone you want. Not sure why you can’t get that through your thick head. Every year teams have to cut good players because of the cap!!!!! How can you not understand this? Seriously are you mentally impaired?
    The players cut were grossly overpaid and in most cases I like the players better that are replacing. I’ll take Godwin over Jackson or Hump any day. I’ll take White over Kwon any day. Etc etc.

    BTW Your negative’s are nowhere near 50/50. You also can’t count. Why go through life being a negative asshole? Seriously you have such a loser mentality you must be a complete loser in life the way you talk and think. I say think lightly.

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  18. As an optimistic Bucs fan, I am happy we should have either McCoy, JPP, or possibly somehow both on our D-Line this year. I think regardless of what happens, both of these players will have a lot to prove this year and will have great seasons in pewter.

    It is unfortunate we lost so many good players in the off-season, but I am looking forward to getting new blood on the team and seeing them become great players. We have some solid coaches that I believe can get the best out of them.

    Go Bucs!

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  19. My guess is the private negotiations with GMC didn’t pan out. He wants too much, BA has essentially said he doesn’t want to carry the contract given GMC’s performance. So now that there’s the impasse, it’s just gonna be awkward until a deal’s done – whatever that turns out to be.

    As for JPP, give it a few months if you like, but hard to see him playing anywhere this season.

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  20. Fredster,
    I understand cap money I get it, just do not agree how they spend there cap.
    1. Bucs did not make it with Winston on rookie contract , how in gods sake they going
    to make it losing 20 mil in cap ??????????????
    2. paying fat lineman 14 mil that Myles Garrett did highlight real blowing by him over and over again is crazy
    This Management mistakes has caught up with Bucs. You can not dump that many good players and still have any success I do not care who coach is. The bell toll has rung for the Bucs. 5 wins is a distant dream Maybe next win 2021!

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  21. Licht had his chance to trade GMC (if that’s what he wanted to do) and instead sat on his backside all last season and all offseason. Now he’s in a corner where every GM knows he wants to trade GMC and he’s getting low balled. Can we move on from Licht already…this guy is destroying the franchise.

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  22. EastEndBoy..You hit the nail dead on the head here sir! jason Licht knew GMC was not gonna buldge on his salary. Hell, why would he? Good or not, he see’s this yr as his Big payday. I understand this. Although he is not worth tt..They are paying an O lineman 10 mil..who is far less talented than GMC. Licht should have gotten the ball rollin long ago with negoiations. Who knows, GMC might have turned. But Licht waits and now GMC is resigned to leaving. And at this point, GMC could care less. trade him or set him free. Either way he plays with somebody..probably close to 9 to 12 mil a yr. You are right. Licht and the Bucs are getting low balled. The Browns are not offering anything close to what the Bucs want. Most teams are..chopin at the bit..waiting for GMC’s release to pick him up. Licht is just ONE..in a long line of GM screwups for the Bucs. I don’t feel sorry for him..Just the fans who want to see this team win again. I don’t see it happenning this year. Not without a premier pass rusher.

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  23. @dbenn2012,

    Well, Since I don’t make Millions of dollars playing a game, No I wouldn’t take a pay cut. But being furloughed for two years and never receiving your pay back in sort I guess I did take a pay cut and never missed work.

    So please don’t try to justify to me making $13 million a year to taking a pay cut to $8 million a year is really going to hurt you financially. I’m sure GMC manages his money just fine and is already set for life as well as his children should be. I’m not mad at him for making that money, the organization signed him to that. But now they need help salary cap wise. Your missing the point totally. Like I said, does Tom Brady restructure his contract for the betterment of the Patriots? The easy answer is “Yes” on more than a few occasions. It sounds like the greed has you all wrapped up.

    You don’t have a clause what I do for work and if you did I promise you wouldn’t take a pay cut, in fact you would say you don’t get paid enough.

    GO BUCS!!!

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    • JuJu. Way to old of commentary to comment; however, since you will receive a notification and no one else will care at this point, I will take the chance to make a rare answer. I comment with an opinion, never personal, and only to identify – if there was a way to make a confidential comment it would have been to you alone. I have never said, and never will, that McCoy is worth 13 million. Only if he is taking a 50-75% paycut, I’m hoping he does it for a winner as he has more than paid his dues for the Bucs. It is not his fault, that his class was the last one without a rookie salary cap. As for Brady, his wife made more money than he did and name one other QB out of 30+ that didn’t bankrupt their team. The biggest problem with the NFL is the players themselves – in the next bargaining agreement they could limit “anyone’s compensation” to 10% of the CAP. Any QB, WR, OL, etc., etc., who make more than than that is just wrong. My point is one QB out of 32, 100 players out of over 1000 that have done that – period! You are not the only one who has been where you have been – I was a negotiator (not a CEO type), but one who had to actuallly negotiate after an IT person fell in love with a product or engineer who told the vendor our budget, how far we were dependant on their product, etc., etc. Something many people have no idea when they see someone who claims to be a great negotiator. I have saved every forture 50 company, I have ever worked for 10-100 times my salary a year only to be cut when budgets and re-orgs, determined I had eliminated the low-lying fruit and was no longer worth the money I would save them a dozen times a year. Also agree, Gerald has probably done well, never been in trouble, never paid off a whore or an accident victime, etc., etc. Also know a dozen or more times he dipped in his wallet to pay six figures and never got reported in the press. I WAS TOLD, you are getting old, I CAN REPLACE WITH AN MBA at half the price, by someone a quarter my age, so maybe my bitterness obstrcuts my view. My point, only – as recently reported, the Bucs have NEVER approached Gerald to renegotiate (by saying he still had value may have gone a long way). The Bucs way is to fail you on your physical (Lynch – 3 pro-bowls after being cut), Brooks, just play humiliating, Sapp, Rhonde, Gruber, etc., etc., I HAVE HAD MY PAY CUT 50%, I HAVE worked 60 hours while the 20 & 30 year olds said their day was done. You know what, I’ve also been out of work for 2 years waiting for 35% of my pay, because I do refuse to save my salary in one month and sign a one year contract to do so. I will be on the streets before corporate america and 8 figure CEO’s who pee their pants because they’re too old and drunk and company events to even be coherent. So if I’m Gerald, I’m working for 3-4 million, still putting my health and life on the line everyday, it will be with a team that has at least a chance of being in the play-offs, and even if the Bucs somehow make it, a team that may go 2-3 rounds deep and bring a satisfying end to my career – not with a 60% (younger than me) coot, riding around running his mouth for no benefit other than to trash me, potential trade value, and sending a signal to LaVonte and anyone over 28 that you are next … Notwithstanding, I like your posts, well though out and at least knowledgeable, many on this board would benefit from the tiniest of research – including the authors. BAB classic example – love him or hate him (God Rest the Big Dog), he always has an opinion that has teeth.

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