The latest edition of “Where in the World” is Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy continued on Tuesday.

Last week general manager Jason Licht was asked if it were true that McCoy has been asked by the team – more specifically head coach Bruce Arians – to stay away from the the Buccaneers offseason programs. Licht told the media that question should be asked of Arians.

On Tuesday, speaking after the team’s first mini-camp practice, Arians was asked if it were true. Tampa By’s head ball coach scoffed at the notion.

“No, I don’t know who the hell said that (On Gerald being asked not to be at practice),” Arians said.

“It’s up to him. We’ve got open arms. If he wants to be here practicing that’s great. He’s under contract and a part of the team so, yeah, that’s a players decision and that’s all I can do.”

Bucs QB Jameis Winston
Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Mark Cook/PR

Quarterback Jameis Winston also spoke to the media following Tuesday’s practice and said as far he is concerned, McCoy is still his teammate.

“I would love to be Gerald McCoy’s teammate,” Winston said. “I’m just supporting him as a teammate. It’s his decision, it’s this organization’s decision, but I’m supporting him as a teammate. I love who is as a person, he’s a great leader to this organization and for this team.

“So, like I said, we got to focus on who we have out here right now, we know he’s going to be professional and handle his business, but we got to control what we can control.”

It is no secret that McCoy – and his $13 million salary – don’t appear to fit into Tampa Bay’s future plans. The question now appears to be when MCCoy is either dealt or released.

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  1. See McCoy fans, Arians says McCoy is “Welcome with open arms!!”

    Im sure there are no hard feelings about Arians saying McCoy hasn’t been really productive for 4 years.

    Im sure McCoy didn’t ruffle any feathers when tweeting about “change slapping him in the face” and saying “3-4, 4-3, 3 tech, DE…all the same to him, either you can play or you cant”. Was someone saying he couldn’t?🤔

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  2. more of the same, nothin.

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  3. Something will happen soon…..have to pay the rookies

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  4. Some fans want the Coughlin type of remarks about voluntary workouts and wonder where the trade-availability rumors for Ramsay comes from. Then there’s the drama of what “voluntary” means among executives, associations and players. What a dumb NFL!

    Some fans want McCoy released. Some want him retained. But we don’t have anybody like Coughlin getting up to a podium demanding 100% participation in voluntary practices. Can’t win the offseason in this league, can ya?!

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  5. I am cool with McCoy returning as a Buc, because his salary will drop next year. But if the team thinks they can move on so be it.

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  6. Biggest Smoke Screen I’ve seen thus far. I love it though! At least he knows how to play the game.

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  7. Interesting what he said about taking BPA over need, but when the two matched, that’s when you jump.

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  8. Just get rid of him already so we can move on from this…it’s stupid that we keep dragging this out when we know he’s not worth the money at all.

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  9. Or atleast move on from him by draft time.

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  10. Arians knows they is no money left to pay McCoy.
    McCoy will take a haircut on salary but not from a last place team,he will go to playoff team.
    They just need get it over!

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  11. U know the Bucs have a history of handling situations like McCoy’s. They did it with Lynch and Brooks as well. That is handling the departure of an Pro Bowl player who may/may not fit in their plans anymore. McCoy is a Buc until he’s not! He deserves the respect of an almost 10 year tenured Buc who some say might even be in the Ring of Honor one day… I don’t share that particular sentiment… but I believe he’s earned the right to be respected as a good player for the Bucs for many years… good not great I said. So, until he is traded/cut enough about McCoy already… let’s focus on the excitement of the draft in 2 days! Go Bucs!

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  12. My poor fellow Buc Fans. Bring me the head of GMC aye? Memory is a funny thing..people forget GMC played well for quite a few yrs and was virtually the Defense while our Buc organization concentrated on developing this..So called great offense..neglecting the Defense..their original bread & Butter which..won us a superbowl. GMC has given his all to the Bucs for 10 yrs. And all of our losing seasons were surely not his fault. As a Buc fan since our inception, I hope GMC does leave. And I hope he lands with a contender and plays..Lights out. After all of the negative comments many Buc fans have expressed about him, He’s probably ready. No, he won’t get 13 mil. But somebody out there will pay him big. And good for him. If he leaves, Good Luck GMC. You have my respect as a man and a player. You will do..just fine.

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  13. Although I know its unlikely, Id like to find a way to keep him. I think he would look good in this defense and he would play into the comp pic equation for us the following year. I also think if we do trade him it will befor picks in next years draft after this years is over and some team missed out on a guy they wanted.

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  14. @twspin Im always fascinated how someone sees the same thing so differently.

    I don’t remember much about McCoy. I remember red hair. I remember “Mik’d Up” apologies. I remember he likes Batman. I remember he has been a good citizen. I remember thinking what a great person Gerald McCoy is.

    I don’t remember all his stats from all his years. Another thing I can’t remember from any season is his signature game. The game where he dominated the competition. The game where he was unblockable. The game where he made two or three really big plays. As a leader and top paid player at his position for the last 9 years, I expect that I should remember lots of games and plays where the guy took over. I just can’t.

    What great GMC games and important GMC plays do you remember?

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  15. I remember the Seahawk game where he harassed Russell Wilson all day long and sacked him late to close that game.
    I remember 6 pro bowls in 9 seasons
    I remember 54.5 career sacks that’s 6 per season including the years he was on IR.
    I remember him being voted by the players NFL top 100 for 2013,2014,2015,2016,2017
    I remember Walter Payton Man of Year Nominee
    I remember all the kids lives that have been changed by the Gerald Mcoy Patricia Diane Foundation.
    Oh wait! Thats not on the field.

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  16. Every year team’s have OTA’s and Mini Camps. Every year the players who get mentioned are the ones not in attendance. Me, I want to know what’s going on with the ones working. If GMC doesn’t want to be there to protect himself from injury, now that his contract is no longer guaranteed, that’s his choice. If Jason Licht has hinted to him to stay away for the same reason, then seems to me they are of the same mindset. I don’t see it as disrespectful.

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  17. @scubog If Gerald gets hurt and has to go on IR/PUP, the Bucs can’t cut or trade him until he is cleared to play. So, from a money standpoint, getting hurt helps him. If not being there is his choice, it’s simply a move for longevity

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  18. I think some of you are misconstruing what Arians said. He said McCoy’s productivity has dropped off the last four years. And it likely has. In such a grueling game, and as father time and injuries catch up with you, it isn’t unusual for that to happen. JPP is a great player, but likely not the player he was four or five years ago. Just saying. McCoy might see that as a slight…he isn’t an old codger like I and Arians are, who have had time to see such things in perspective. But the truth is the truth. Still, I hope G finds a way to stay here next year.

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  19. Captain S… only a chump would say that Gerald hasn’t been a great player and citizen in the community. But that isn’t the point. It is about today, and tomorrow, and a salary cap that is squeezing us.

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  20. @captain-sly Thanks for participating in the poll. I wasn’t joking. I really can’t remember a GMC signature play or game. The Seattle game you mentioned sounds familiar but which year was that? Was that the Mike Glennon game? If so, I don’t remember McCoy being the reason the Bucs won that one, but I take you at your word. Steven Chea thought GMC’s signature game was Atlanta 2013.

    Any other fond memories anyone has of good ole #93?

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  21. 2016 Bucs went on a 5 or 6 game win streak in Mike Smith’s defense of all things. Should have made the playoffs that year but Dirk Koetter coached scared during the Cowboys game up against a rookie named Dak Prescott.
    https://www.seahawks.com/video/russell-wilson-sacked-by-gerald-mccoy-for-loss-of-8-yards-175841

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