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.”
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.