After being released by the Bucs on May 20th, Gerald McCoy has signed with the division rival Carolina Panthers just two weeks later, per Adam Schefter. His deal is for one-year and worth around $8.5 million.

McCoy had a number of suitors after departing from the Bucs, which included the NFC North’s Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens. He took visits to meet with the front offices of all three teams but ultimately decided on Carolina.

He will have to wait a year though before returning back to Tampa Bay, as the Bucs home game this year against the Panthers takes place in London. This does mean that he will face his former team twice this season.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network went on to mention that McCoy wanted to remain in the South, particularly in an area where he is more familiar.

McCoy played nine seasons for the Bucs, and was a big fixture in the community along with notching 54.5 sacks, 218 tackles, and 79 tackles for loss in 123 games here.

 

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  1. The season just got a little more interesting.

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  2. Yes! Panthers D jist got a little more soft.

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  3. Good luck McCoy.

    McCoy will probably be used in a rotation which is probably for the best at this point in his career.

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  4. I’m wishing you the worst..against us McCoy! Otherwise, good luck!

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  5. What happened to the $11 million he said teams were offering him. Not a good business decision going on here. LOL.

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  6. This seems to confirm he was not tradable at his contract number. Bucs upgrade DT and save cap money too. Good move by Licht and Arians. Go Bucs!

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  7. Ravens and Browns are much better teams; this is a revenge move; and one he’s not going to win.

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  8. Better than Saints or Falcons IMO.. hopefully Jensen and Marpet aren’t too rough on him.. lol..

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  9. 1. Shows Licht paid him to much he is worth 8-9 and Panthers got him for less than Bucs will pay Suh.
    2. He will be on team that has depth to lower number of plays per game and extend his life in league.
    3. I think he will play harder against Bucs because of way they handled his release.
    4. He should have gone to Cleveland!!!!

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  10. Yeah ok McCoy’s dead to me now. Let’s hope he’s as soft for them as he was for us.

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  11. I thought you said McCoy was going to a contender for like $11 million in a bidding war between half the league? LOL!!! WRONG AGAIN!

    Panthers overpaid and that’s great!!! It shows that McCoy is all about the Benjamins, and not winning since Carolina has big questions at QB with Cam’s shoulder and Olsens ankle/foot, plus no Funchess.

    “Winning is a habit. Unfortunately so is losing.” -Vince Lombardi

    I bet Tampa finishes ahead of Carolina this year by at least 2 games.

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  12. Guess he didnt want to go to a contender after all….

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  13. You guys need to read this before you start throwing numbers around and making Suh/McCoy contract comparisons. There are contracts and there are contracts. As momma used to say “read the fine print”!.

    https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2019/06/03/gerald-mccoy-gets-4-million-guaranteed-deal-heavy-on-incentives/

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  14. I wonder how apologizing to opposing QBs is going to fare with Ron Rivera and the Carolina fanbase

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  15. He got less because he’s not as good as Suh. Going to Panthers was lame but who cares. He’s soft. He won’t have over 4-5 sacks and will get paid accordingly looks like. Lots less than 10 million for sure.

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  16. WOW, many fans here seem to be short-sided. Say what you want but I can recall several high profile picks we had that left and went on to super bowls and even super bowl MVPs with other teams. Most come back to play us and have there best performances against us. Hey, I posted 3-4 years ago to trade McCoy so I get it. Being a Bucs fan for so long the only consistency besides losing this organization has is bad karma. Let me be the first to state I hope all you posters digging at McCoy are right but McCoy will be coached better than at anytime in his career..Go Bucs!

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  17. Signing McCoy changes nothing for Carolina. Stop McCaffery and you beat the Panthers. Their passing attack scares literally no one. I would say it is dead last in the NFL on paper.

    I bet the Bucs put up a balanced 35 points vs Carolina in both games if Winston is healthy.

    Last years week 13 matchup:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5oUnj7Anvw

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  18. Who cares! He is not a Buc anymore! If he’d accepted the the pay cut to this signing he might still be a Buc! I’m just saying…

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  19. I like McCoy, I appreciate everything he done for the Bucs but, I can not root for him now. I hope he stays healthy but come on the panthers!!!! I respect Brees and like Ryan but Cam is the biggest cry baby in the division and probably the league. I dislike the panthers more than any team in the league (except the cowboys). Hopefully McCoy will apologize to Cam when Suh slams him down. The panthers are a team that’s going in the wrong direction and McCoy can only blame himself when he’s watching the playoffs from home again.

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  20. I’m happy for GMC. He also got like a 4 mil signing bonus. He will probably come back to haunt us. The good ones always do guys. And I got him knockin Jameis on his A** a few times when we play them. I see a few of you being critical of the Panthers here. LMAO. I mean..correct me if I’m wrong, But hasn’t their record been..consistently better than ours the last few yrs? We..are in no position to dish on..anybody Buc fans..Not with our Sorry A** record of late. But then again, I guess thats what..Losers do huh?
    GO BUCS.

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  21. I saw a report on NFL.com that “McCoys agent claims Gerald turned down twice what the Panthers offered in order to be able to get revenge against the Bucs twice a year”

    If you’re like me and can see through agent-speak, the writing on the wall is clear. Does anyone REALLY believe someone offered GMAC 16 million?? 😂😂

    Basically his agent is protecting his clients image and rationalizing why he signed for less than Suh. Browns and Ravens he probably asked for too much (10-13 range) and Carolina was the only one desperate enough to pay him. Does anyone really think McCoy makes “revenge” his top priority. Carolina is the third best team in our division it’s not like he signed with a contender lol.

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  22. @rut…you misinterpretted the statement. McCoy is only GUARANTEED $4 million from his signing bonus. He has a base salary or $3 million during the season. He has a season opening roster bonus of 500k. He has incentives for 6.5 sacks, 8 sacks, pro bowl, playoffs to reach max value of the deal. He was offered $8 million GUARANTEED by Baltimore or Cleveland, with little to no incentives. This was the deal with a higher potential for a payout, if he can hit all the bonuses.

    If he is cut in July from injury or ineffectiveness, he is only on the books for $4m.

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  23. Charlotte or Baltimore…hmmm. Smart choice Mr. McCoy. Baltimore is a cesspool.

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  24. How bad is he going to feel when we go to the playoffs and the panthers finish last in the division. Then he has to watch the bucs in the playoffs on tv. And I can see multiple offsides penalties against him when he plays us. He did it in about every game anyways. But against us he will be even more amped to get a good jump. That winston just needs some hard counts and collect the free 5 yards. He will actually help us more than he will hurt us. He might get a tackle or two. But his 10-15 yards in penalties will be great to watch. I can’t believe he would go to a team he has played two times a year for 9 years. Who him as a bucs player and said he grew up a bucs fan should hate. He is about redemption. But he isn’t good enough to get it. And his deal if he has the same stats as he did last year. He would only make 7.5 million.

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  25. I always thought Gerald was a BIG PUSSYCAT. Thanks for confirming it Gerladini93 by joining Carolina!

    It should be fun to watch Marpet and/or Jensen pancake him when he falls down!

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  26. He probably has a lot of friends on the Panthers by never offending any of them by playing with any animosity.

    It would have been nice if McCoy had played here for revenge against any of the teams that had kicked the teams ass or his over the years but we never saw that type of play or personality.

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  27. Baltimore was a no-go. Woulda stood in the shadow of Trent Dilfer.

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  28. What a salty nerd, this dude is lame. He would have been a back up on our Super Bowl winning D line and he won’t even get there in Carolina. Would have had a better chance in Baltimore.

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  29. Funny how the $11 million offer came from a non contender so he was looking to sign with a “Contender” for less money… This right here shows there was never a serious $11 million offer and Cleveland and Baltimore must have been offering $5-$6 million Hahaha. Panthers are gonna be Last in the NFC South this year. I Love how Ass still tries to spin this as negative against us when he’s been building up his resigning since he was released Hahahahahaha. Plain and simple we came out ahead. And I would wish him luck but since he signed with the rival Panthers he can die in a fiery plane crash with the rest of em… Go Bucs!!!

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  30. Salary seems about right. Wonder if GMC would have agreed to that amount here in sunny Florida.

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  31. Once Carolina jumped in, knew that’s where he’d land. Rivera’s a good coach and the Panthers are consistently a solid club. $8.5 million with $4.0 guaranteed is less than I thought he’d get, but incentives will push it to $10.0 million.

    He’ll be playing with a chip on his shoulder. My guess he’ll have a good year. And being able to play the Bucs Oline twice this year GMC knows he will likely hit his sack incentives; $500,000 for 6.5 sacks, $1.5 million for 8 sacks.

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  32. Any way you look at it it is not positive news for Bucs………
    I think he should have gone to Cleveland!

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  33. Of course you see no positives Bob your a whiny little complaint piece of negative crap.

    He is not good or dominant or worth over 5-6 million which is right where his pay will be when he doesn’t hit all those incentives. Panthers won 7 games and have no passing game. Cam is inconsistent and horrible without a run game. Him going there means dick to me. If he’s anything like in Tampa will miss games as well.

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  34. Unfortunately for some you’ll never know what means to be passionate for anything other than a paycheck.
    None of us will ever know why he chose Carolina over let’s say Cleveland, but it is safe to say McCoy values his Faith,Family and Football more than he does anything that we’ll have to say on this thread.
    For others you’re just a Hater because no matter what McCoy does you’ll find a reason to hate with irrelevant stats and phony comparisons to try and justify your position, but you’re still a Hater.
    McCoy was a Buc for almost 10 years and for most of us that means something. He never had anything negative to say about our city, The fans or the organization. To me McCoy was the Gold Standard for how a player should be on any team. Way to Go McCoy!

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    • So because I have a difference of opinion than you I am labeled a “Hater”??? You are an ass hat!

      This move shows how petty and immature Gerald is by opting to go to Carolina strictly to prove he is a good player and get revenge. The Man was a good player but NOT a great player. He was never an impact player that changed games. He apologized to a QB as he was hitting him and barely hitting him as well.

      Gold standard of being a great citizen is awesome but where’s the Gold Standard of being a game changer? And don’t tell me 6 Pro Bowls define him either. That is strictly a popularity contest and he was really good at winning over the opposition. That does not make him a Gold Standard.
      Now he can go play Batman with Superman in Carolina and keep his consistent level of immaturity going. Good riddance….

      Keep your name calling of people because they differ in opinion than you to yourself. It makes you look as petty as Geraldini….

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  35. It’s always about the money guys. You can live like a king on much less in N.C.. He’ll be able to live around Lake Norman, which is a great place, half of what you’d pay for a place in Balt, or Cleve. Another plus is the weather, much nicer then up north. This wasn’t about revenge, it was about living in a nicer place for his family, for far less money. McCoy is putting family, and money ahead of any goal of winning anything. Isn’t that what you’d expect?

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  36. It’s my speculation Gerald McCoy decision to go to Panthers was not a football decision when given the choice between Baltimore Cleveland and Charlotte his wife chose Charlotte weak man

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  37. I sincerely hope all the bad mouthing that some people here are doing, it doesnt haunt you later on. Still waiting and seeing if the BUCS will make the playoffs.

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  38. Its funny how all the McCoy excuse makers are saying he chose the Carolina Pussycats to put his family and faith ahead of winning. NO SHIT! YOU FINALLY GET IT!!

    That’s been the problem with that slouch all along. He’s got as much fire as an ice cube.

    I am overjoyed that Bruce Arians undressed his lazy ass in the media and then cut him after the primary waves of free agency. This is classic ADDITION BY SUBTRACTION.

    Grimes, Conte, McCoy, Curry, and Alexander are gone. Good riddance to all but Kwon. I did love me some Kwon Alexander.

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  39. The job of the GM is to give the coaches as much talent as possible to win. I still don’t and wont agree that paying Will G. and Beau Allen 7.75M combined made more sense than giving GMC the 8.5M he ultimately signed for. I know they claim he was unwilling to renegotiate but I think that had a lot to do with how this situation was handled. You sit him down and say we are adding Suh, we need to free up some money to do so and need you to restructure and I think it happens. Hope it works out but I think this will prove to be yet another dumb decision, a defense devoid of talent on the DL loses a guy in the division for a salary they could have matched lol, I was once told we didn’t need Revis either and we see how that worked out. Go Bucs and please find us an edge rusher after all JPP is a November addition at best!

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  40. @stlbucsfan He signed for $4 million. If he makes the team, he gets $3m in base salary and a $500k roster bonus. He can make an additional $3.75m if he reaches incentives that he would have missed last year. Basically a $7.5m deal if he doesn’t get hurt or cut.

    It seems Brice Arians didn’t want him at any cost. Smart coach.

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    • @bigsombrero I think its foolish to assume that the combination of Beau Allen and Will Gholston will be more effective than GMC, even if you dislike him. We can HOPE this works out based on Arians’ track record but Lichts track record is littered with foolish personnel decisions based on him doing “what the coaches want” vs what talent indicates he should do.

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  41. I’m glad he went to an NFC South team. I hope he wrecks our O Line twice a year. He’s out to prove Licht wrong. He’s out to prove that the Bucs disrespected him in more than one way.

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    • So you are not really a Bucs fan then, right? Who says “I hope he wrecks our O line twice a year” and is a fan?

      Very disappointing….

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  42. Wow, he got next to nothing – so much for the bidding war. McCoy gets $7.5 million guaranteed, and the incentives are structured in such as way he has almost no chance of getting that dollar amount reported.

    The deal includes a $3 million base salary and $4 million signing bonus, $500,000 roster bonus at training camp, a total of up to $500,000 in roster bonuses for being active on game days, a $500,000 bonus if he records 6.5 sacks and a $1.5 million bonus if he records eight sacks, plus $250,000 if he makes the Pro Bowl and $250,000 if the Panthers make the playoffs.

    McCoy will get the $3 million base salary, $4 million signing bonus, and $500,000 roster bonus, which will bring him up to $7.5 million on the season. If McCoy were to have an identical season in 2019 to the one he had in 2018, he’d make $437,500 in per-game roster bonuses (for playing 14 out of 16 games), and hit none of the incentives: Last year McCoy didn’t get 6.5 sacks, didn’t make the Pro Bowl and the Panthers didn’t make the playoffs. So that $7.5 million is it.

    Meanwhile the Bucs paid out to Suh a much larger $9.25 million guaranteed, and only $750,000 in bonuses. So while the Bucs are on the hook for less with bonuses, on a guaranteed basis they are paying almost $2 million more. Licht needs this team despite the insane 5 game in a row road schedule to get to .500 or he is not going to have a job after this season – guaranteed. His whole career as GM is riding on Arians doing what the former coaching staff could not do in great quantity – win games.

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  43. Even if McCoy all of a sudden found his game and gave the Panthers 9 sacks which would tie his personal best, he’d be lucky to keep that up for more than 1 season. Vea learned all he could from McCoy last year and in the end I am glad his lack of aggression isn’t going to rub off on Vita for another 2-3 years. Let him play wherever he wants and I hope him and his family are happy, and he may even get a couple sacks on us if he’s lucky which a couple people may make a big deal about, but it was time to move on unfortunately and what’s done is done. Time to move on.

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  44. ESPN is reporting the deal with McCoy is a little higher at $10.25M with a $4M signing bonus.

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  45. Typical sellout. What kind of a buccaneer in our ring of fame would play for a division rival? Get outta here.

    The Panthers paid 8.5$M for `torn biceps` waiting to happen.

    Devin white and Suh are gonna change the culture here. GMC doesn’t have any franchise records or playoff wins, not much history here. We’ll give #93 to the next guy

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    • That’s a really great point about the ROH. There is NO WAY that he should get in anyway but this move should absolutely seal that lid.

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  46. It’s so hard to care about this whole Suh/McCoy thing whether you’re talking about which team they’re on or how much they’ll make because I don’t think going from McCoy to Suh is going to do anything in terms of wins/loses for the Bucs.

    I read today our “best” safety J. Evans is still in a walking boot after being injured last season. I’d care to hear more about that over Suh/McCoy, but I don’t think Evans playing or not moves the needle either for this team in terms of wins/losses.

    How is D. White progressing? That will make a real difference.

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  47. Great point! Too many holes on this roster. I think this season comes down to how well these coaches prepare these players to play on Sundays. Every team has flaws but the good ones seem to coach up the talent to overcome its challenges.

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  48. As far as I’m concerned Mccoy said don’t worry I will come back and retire a Buc. Well you can piss off now that you signed with a division rival. We don’t want you back. We don’t want you in our ring of honor.

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  49. I don’t care where McCoy went. Nor do I care the reason. I doubt spite and playing the Bucs twice a year was the deciding factor. All things considered, I’d sure choose Charlotte over my wife’s hometown Cleveland or Baltimore. It snows in those places. That’s all I would need to know.

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  50. Ravens matched or offered him $13M and are a better overall defensive team that was in the playoffs last year with a rookie quarterback. This was not a financial decision.

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  51. Scubog – it is widely reported he wanted to stay close to Tampa, and that playing Tampa twice a year is a bonus. He is going to try to get Winston, no doubt. It will be up to the offensive line and Winston’s play to make sure that does not happen.

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  52. Scubog – just further evidence McCoy wants to play Tampa from Rick Stroud:

    McCoy texted me “See you Week 2!!”
    You may not hear McCoy say it, but the chance to play Tampa Bay twice…to say nothing of the #Bucs giving away his No. 93 to Ndamukong Suh, may have tipped the scales in the Panthers’ favor.

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