After spending nine years with one organization, the Bucs have released veteran defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, first reported by Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times.

McCoy has been the longest tenured player on the Bucs roster, and tied for the fifth longest tenured player in team history.

The 31 year-old McCoy was set to make $13 million this season, which opens up plenty of room in cap space for Tampa Bay. They were previously cap-strapped, with under $2 million remaining before releasing him.

The Bucs have gone in a new direction with new coach Bruce Arians and the rest of his staff, as defensive coordinator Todd Bowles takes on play calling responsibility. Part of McCoy’s release comes from the emergence of last year’s first round pick, Vita Vea, who showed good strides at nose tackle in his rookie season.

Bruce Arians was pretty candid about the uncertainty of whether McCoy would remain on the Bucs roster when he spoke at the league meetings in Arizona last month. He stayed non committal about if he would be around at the start of the season.

“Guys at a certain age, it’s different,” Arians said. “Usually the age where they get paid the most and production doesn’t match. We’ve got to find that out. He’s not as disruptive as he was four years ago. He’s still a good player. If he’s here, he’s our starting three technique, no doubt about that.”

McCoy was the third overall pick by the Bucs in the first round of the 2010 draft. During his time, he became a locker room leader and a team captain for seven of his nine seasons.

He notched 54.5 sacks, 218 tackles, and 79 tackles for loss in 123 games during in his career on the Bucs. He ranks third all time in team history for sacks.

Even as important as he is as a player, McCoy was just as big of a fixture in the Tampa Bay community. He has been instrumental in assisting on many programs, including the Bucs’ Social Justice Initiative, “Cut For A Cure” on behalf of the National Pediatric Cancer Center, and running his own charity, The Patricia Diane Foundation.

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  1. No surprise really

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  2. Good Luck GMC. Somebody will pick you up rather quickly. You won’t get 13 mil but..probably more than the Bucs were willing to pay you. If the Bucs were smart, they would go ahead and release JPP also. Free up that cash for a DE.

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  3. Too bad. I wish this could have worked out for both sides. It will be interesting to see how this ends up for Gerald and how the Bucs use the cap money. Go Bucs!

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  4. Looking at his career stats next to Suh, who was drafted 1 spot higher, the comparison isn’t even close. Suh also has played 18 more regular season games and 6 playoff games. McCoy gets him on sacks, but Suh dominates in tackles (both total and average/game) and number games played.

    Suh is on this 3rd team. It happens. Part of the business. Don’t feel bad for McCoy. I always liked him as a player but he is past his prime. He’ll land somewhere else and get his chance to show what he has left.

    I was definitely more bummed when Sapp left.

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  5. All that for nothing in return lmao

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  6. Can’t wait for another post praising Licht & Greenberg for doing such a great job with contracts… that every vet gets cut before seeing the end of his contract…

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  7. Speaking of things that didn’t age well: https://www.pewterreport.com/srs-fab-5-will-bucs-deal-mccoy-to-trade-up/

    “What if Tampa Bay traded the fifth overall pick and six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy to San Fran to move up three spots to select Williams?”

    So we don’t get to trade the equivalent of a late first round pick in value for McCoy to move up with San Fran to the second overall pick but at least we netted…oh wait we cut McCoy for nothing because he had no trade value at 13 million….if only someone checked Scott’s speculation at the time though!

    Devasher
    Mar. 29, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    “To Scott and any wishful Bucs fan out there, NO GM in the league believes Gerald McCoy is worth the 23rd pick in the draft. If the Bucs could have acquired anything close to a 1st round pick for Gerald McCoy he would’ve been traded in ANY of the past 3 seasons “

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  8. Beau Allen must have looked good at NT and Vea is now the 3 tech. With added cap space now the Bucs can add a vet pass rusher if necessary.

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  9. Sad that we couldn’t win with GMC on the roster but this move seemingly had to be done. Not sure BA’s comments helped us for getting something in a trade but I’d like to think BA’s comments were made with trying to keep McCoy on the team whether it be at 13 million or a restructured deal but with a newfound fire lit under GMC. But hey, don’t question him BA!

    Then the GMC Instagram posts happened and it was clear at that point that keeping GMC would be problematic as that was clearly a power move. The Instagram posts definitively hurt our chances to make a deal anywhere IMHO. Fine. He screwed the team at that point. Then GMC makes an appearance at a public event to say he cares for the fans after he hurt the fans’ chances of seeing anything positive for the team come from this… other than cap relief. Whatever. Can’t say I wish him the best of luck as a fan but I do wish him the best of luck as a person. GO BUCS!

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  10. Lame! GMC deserves to be on a Bucs playoff team!

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  11. Good luck GMC!

    Bucs are going in a different direction now with the 3-4 defense.

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  12. WHAT A GREAT DAY TO BE A BUC!! GOOD RIDDANCE YOU BIG BABY! CANCER 93 IS GONE.PRAISE JESUS!!!

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  13. Maybe the team saw enough of Beau Allen and Vea in practice to be able to make this choice now and not in March. Maybe McCoy should have come in and competed to make the decision harder…

    No one knows what the best answer to this scenario should have been. But it will be debated for a long time though.

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  14. Good riddance

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  15. This is D. White’s defense now. Good luck rookie and I hope the best for you and the rest of the Bucs this upcoming season.

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  16. This train

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  17. The Jason Licht Bruce Arians train headed for 32 and to win the first pick in 2020 draft I can hear the whistle screaming this clown show keeps getting worse every day!

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  18. The way Bucs played their cards there really was no other choice. But it leaves a hole no doubt. Other than Vea, our DL is weak. And now with JPP gone? Where are the sacks going to come from?

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    • the LBs…this is no longer a 4-3 which seems to be a missed point by most on this site

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  19. The worst defence in the league has lost there 3 best players JPP Kwan and now McCoy and a has been never was over the hill coach and that spells disaster.

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  20. My opinion is teams should always be drafting trench players because salary cap costs of trench players can balloon out of control.

    Obviously you can’t do that with the QB position…yet but for big money positions like OL and DL you need to have young drafted talent in the pipeline.

    So while people disliked the idea of drafting Vea in 2018 will realize the payoff is now in 2019 as Vea is front and center now the new 3 tech.

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  21. Good, who’s next?

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  22. “Good Luck 93, see you again in the “Ring of Honor.” You won’t be unemployed long.

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  23. This franchise has me smh, not because the McCoy release but because of the fact that there never seems to be a plan and a vision on WTF they are doing. It just seems we keep taking one step forward and two steps back, two forward and three back…I guess that’s the dance for a team that’s missed the playoffs year after year. As far a McCoy, he will most likely go to Cleveland who looks like a playoff team on paper for now. We just have never seemed to build anything since 2005/6, we gain and then lose before we have a finished product.

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  24. Sad day in Tampa bay. McCoy was one of my favorite Players! Great man and player. I hope he wins a super bowl … good luck brother

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  25. Damnit!!! I had my popcorn ready!! I couldn’t wait to watch Gerald get Schiano’ed into submission by Arians resulting in a season ending strained Vagina muscle! LOL.

    Bye bye Geraldini93.

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  26. Just read we are pursuing Suh?

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  27. McCoy’s leadership didn’t keep the team defense from ranking in the bottom half of the NFL since he was drafted.
    And it was always if the team could find another stud on the DL to help him he would register double digit sacks.
    Well that stud arrived last season and McCoy responded with six sacks, the same as the year before.
    In preceding seasons McCoy always talked how he was going to be a more vocal demonstrative leader but we never saw that occur either.
    McCoy’s career will always remain an enigma here, much like himself.

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  28. I am sad because the franchise I loved and still do love continues to tell me they don’t want me. Evans is a nice player and seems like a good guy. Same with David. White will probably be a pretty good MLB. Howard is nice if he stays healthy. But losing a great player and a great human, when your franchise doesn’t have a plethora of either, it hurts

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  29. If it hadn’t ended with his late and outright release, it would have ended with his injury settlement.

    Good move Bucs! $13 million to spend on the future!

    Good luck to Geraldini wherever he lands! Hopefully they won’t need him too much and he can contribute a reasonable low expectation amount to their success, just as he has in Tampa!

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  30. You never miss what you have until you lose it. Good luck GMC. Unless the Bucs sign Suh, there is no one out there as good as what we had. One more thing; The only person responsible for the teams salary cap hell is JL.

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  31. Good luck Gerald McCoy! Thank u for ur service. Nothing personal just business! JPP next. Go Bucs!

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  32. I’ve only purchased 3 Bucs jerseys and so far this offseason, 2 have been released….here’s hoping number 3 works out

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  33. I’ve lived in New Orleans and Jacksonville before moving to the Bay. The most disapointing thing about living here is the disloyal fans of not only the Bucs, but the Rays, also. People here don’t respect their players, don’t repect their teams and sadly don’t appreciate what they have. Gerald MCcoy was a 6 time pro bowler. Yet, I have read hundreds of posts blaming him for the teams woes. Football is the ultimate TEAM game. I’m not a coach(but neither are most of the assholes that critized him on an almost daily basis), yet the man did his job.

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  34. Once again the “Curse of the Scubog Game Jersey” strikes. Time to move #93 McCoy into the spare room closet to join the likes of 24 Williams, 80 Clayton, 22 Martin and so many others.

    I for one am glad that we can now stop talking about if GMC will stay or go. I suspect JPP will soon go on the non-football injured reserve list. The loss of #90 is a tough one.

    I wish Geraldini all the best.

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  35. @buc727 Funny post. It’s easy to recall how loyal Saints fans are. Remember Ricky Williams? Ditka traded the entire draft to move up for Ricky and he lasted 3 seasons in the big easy. The fans really loved him and Ditka didn’t they???

    McCoy was never the real McCoy. He was always a consolation prize to Ndamukong Suh. His 6 pro bowls are the proof of how pointless the pro bowl is when you consider he has 6 more pro bowls than iron man and legendary Buc Paul Gruber.

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  36. Mike Evans and Lavonte David tweeted out angry faces, after the GMC news broke.

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  37. This move seems to make sense from a performance and salary cap stand point, and opens up options for the D-Line and other positions. I look forward to hearing about the coming addition(s) to the team.

    I’m certainly not going to gripe about losing overpaid, under-performing, or injured players – that would just be crazy and attention seeking.

    Go Bucs!

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