The inevitable occurred late Monday evening as the Buccaneers parted ways with long-time veteran Gerald McCoy.

Bucs DT Gerald McCoy – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Soon after the news broke, the team released a statement about the decision to release the second longest tenured Buc.

“These decisions are very difficult, personally and professionally,” Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht said. “Over the past nine years, Gerald has been a cornerstone of this franchise and a leader in our community. Parting ways with a player and person such as Gerald is one of the toughest responsibilities of this job. We wish Gerald, along with his wife, Ebony, and the entire McCoy family continued success and thank them for everything they have meant to our organization and community.”

Buccaneers Head Coach Bruce Arians added: “I know Gerald has done a lot of good things on and off the football field in Tampa during his time here. You hate to see good football players go, but this is a decision that we felt needed to be made in order to allow us, and Gerald, the ability to move forward. Gerald is a class-act and I wish him the best.”

 

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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]

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  1. MCCOY EXCUSE CANNON : PREPARE TO FIRE!!! FINAL SHOT!!!

    “He was a cornerstone for 9 seasons”

    LOL! He was “cornerstone” that resembled a TOMBSTONE! R.I.P.

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  2. Time to move on. Good luck McCoy.

    And the Bucs defense is going to look radically different by opening day.

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  3. Radically bad Alldaway?

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  4. LOL… BigSombrero is really enjoying this, eh? hahaha

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  5. @76buc

    It can honestly go either way. But given how bad last year’s defense was because of so much emphais on off coverage/quarters more than likely the arrow is pointing upwards.

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  6. What do Game of Thrones season 1-8 and Gerald McCoy season 1-9 have in common?

    In the end you want your 9 years back because they both sucked!

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  7. Nothing to be happy about! McCoy was a wonderful person in the community! Too much had been said by both parties. This move had to happen for both McCoy and Bucs. Again, thank you for ur service Mr. McCoy! I’m excited about the new blood and new leaders stepping out! A change of culture if u will. Now… let’s get some dogs that can hunt! Go Buccaneers!

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  8. Better to rip off a band aid quick and early. We knew this day was coming, and now it isn’t a distraction.

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  9. Bigsombrero hates him some McCoy.

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  10. Let’s be charitable about Gerald McCoy’s tenure as a Buc. He was a good player, who gave his all on the field and was undoubtedly a fine pillar of the community off it. The biggest misfortune for GMC was that he was viewed by most Bucs fans through the prism of Warren Sapp tinted lenses and in that respect he came up well short.

    In my opinion, the tone of your defense is set firstly by your defensive line, especially your DT’s, closely followed by your MLB. GMC undoubtedly had a considerable natural ‘tool set’ for a DT, but his ‘nice guy’ demeanor did not exude any kind of menace or in any way intimidate his opponents. At times he seemed almost apologetic on the field after a tackle or a hit.

    In that regard it would be impossible to confuse him with #99 or a Ray Lewis for example. These kind of rare warriors not only command their own defense, with an iron fist in Sapp’s case, but commanded the respect of their opponents. In Gerald’s defense, inept drafting and a failure to complement his skill set on the d-line, undoubtedly hurt his stock and perhaps didn’t assist him to reach his full potential. Either way the best of luck to Gerald and considerable respect for his contribution to the local community

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  11. Compewtet Pirate… u hit the nail on the proverbial head! McCoy biggest sin was that he always played in the shadow of the ghost of Warren Sapp! He was never going to be Warren Sapp to the Buc fans! Now if u take the player of Warren Sapp and the man/citizen of Gerald McCoy… well that would be one hellava player on ur team! Go Bucs!

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  12. Licht got nothing at all for McCoy. That is disappointing.

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  13. Great move for GMC, he will finally have chance to compete in playoffs. Suspect will have best year of his career. Good luck. Meanwhile, back in Tampa, BA may offer Brian Shaw, ex-Strongest man of year, has massive size at 6-8, 425lbs and only 37yo! Meets BA criteria of big time size with lots of potential and little production as a pro-DT. see draft: DB crazy fast from central nowhere MI, or DB with crazy speed with 3 ACL repairs, or WR crazy speed, but just 4-11 135lbs and off loser team, or DT with crazy potential, #1 recruit of the yr, 2 ACLs and still waiting on production! Seriously, and you expect a winning team, laughable. Need new owners, Glazers must go!!! Sell team so can get new management and someone who wants to win. Maybe Magic Johnson interested, he has nothing to do or watch, with similar situation with Lakers, unknowledgeable owners and piss poor team in LA!

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  14. I’m just hoping he doesn’t sign on with an NFC South team, suddenly pumping bad blood with nothing but revenge in his mind. We never really saw an angry Gerald McCoy, don’t wanna see it now

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  15. Bucballer, you’re describing Lee Roy Selmon. Those kind of Amazing Human Beings do exist!

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  16. Borkdog, are you a Troll Bot? There’s no way a Human wrote that post, proof read it and said “Yes! This great post!”

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  17. No one cared when the Bucs gave Arizona 6th round draft pick compensation AFTER hiring formerly retired Arizona head coach Bruce Arians. It was only a 6th round pick after all. Who did Arizona even draft with that pick? Answer: WR KeeSean Johnson(no joke!)

    It’s interesting that no NFL team was willing to give anything for McCoy. Not a 6th round pick this year, not a 2020 conditional pick, not a player, just nada.

    For all those McCoy fans who defended his “play”, his “mentoring” and his “pro bowl leadership”, maybe now you understand what that player was truly worth to other defenses around the league.

    I’m sure some will blame Licht and Arians even though neither person is responsible for Gerald’s toothless game tape.

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    • No GM in there right mind was going to absorb McCoy’s contract. Hence why no trade materialized. Now he has the chance to pick his team. As for Arians, the only reason the Bucs gave up compensation was because of wording in BA contract with the Cardinals after he retired.

      McCoy’s biggest downfall was that he wasn’t a Warren Sapp type disruptive player. He was a very good solid DT. He just never had the players around him.

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  18. BA must feel as stupid as he looks with that frenchie hat on, drafting a linebacker with a great edge rusher on board no JPP no McCoy the leagues worst D just got sizable worsened. Few understand the other team offence can free up the lineman that used to double team McCoy Licht will replace JPP and McCoy with players cut after mini camp . As other team sign big names the Buc have now lost 9 of there best players all replaced by whos????

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  19. Now is the time to shop flash or get nothing like now with Gmc, should have traded Dt 2 or 3 years ago, hard to do when you can not recognize or develop talent. Dysfunction starts at the top. this franchise has no synergy too much dis connect. Cutting Gmc & shopping David sends a clear message to your Defense.

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  20. I was indifferent on McCoy. Nice guy but don’t really care he’s gone. He never was huge difference maker, and the helping guys up annoyed me. I guess you have badasses and then you have mccoy types. I just didn’t think the guy was all about winning. He made over 100 million off Bucs so I sure as hell don’t feel sorry for him.

    Oh and Bob as usual your wrong, Mccoy was not taking double teams often anymore the tape doesn’t lie. Not worried about him being gone trust coaching staff and Bowels will find and create pressure different ways then the edge. That’s way his defense is run.

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  21. All I have to say regarding McCoy is he has been overrated for years and he certainly wasn’t worth $13 million, but we’re not better off without him, Suh or not. McCoy had a better year last year than Suh and McCoy wasn’t playing next to the best player in the NFL, Aaron Donald.

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    • Yes, Aaron Donald is the best player in the NFL. Not the best DT or the best defensive lineman or the best defensive player. Right now he’s better at what he does than Brees or Brady.

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  22. McCoy was so awesome we couldn’t even get a 4th-6th rd pick for him? Lol. Good luck his days of dominating anyone or taking double teams are over.

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  23. I don’t see the Bucs bringing in Suh, they’d go right back to cap hell. We might pay the price in the beginning, but this isn’t a reload on defense, it’s a rebuild. White is the new leader of this defense, and B.A. isn’t bringing in any kind of vet like Suh, that might disrupt his growth. They might as well cut ties with JPP also. Even if he’s ready by November, what difference could he make by then? Why keep his status hanging over the team for the next six months. David is the best kind of vet presence this team needs. His quiet leadership next to White fits in with what B.A., and Bowles want to build on defense. No more hired guns, just keep building on White, and Vea, the new foundation.

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  24. Its said when you give up a good player..always have a replacement. Where’s ours? I see people here bashing GMC. I get the scapegoat thing. But know our history fans. He’s not the 1st good player or coach we’ve parted with who went on to win a superbowl. I can name 6 right off the bat. Lets wish GMC the best. He played for us 9 yrs and gave his all when our defense had nobody but him. He’s our 3rd all time leading sack man. And he has been a professional throughout. Now, if you think a D line can give up JPP and GMC and it not have an impact? YOU..don’t know football. Both will be missed greatly. And somehow I get this feeling GMC will be the one come seasons end with that, Big Ole Wide Grin on his face..as past players have done to our Bucs. Take care GMC. You will land safely and be an asset to some lucky team.

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  25. I can see why some players are glad to move to a different team and city. Jeez man, you people are just hateful! GMC played hard for this team, and has done great things for the Tampa community, and this is the sendoff he gets? Does every player on this team have to be a future hall of famer to get your respect and kind words?

    Hey Gerald! Thank you!!! You’re awesome! Best to you and your family. You are definitely appreciated.

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  26. It is discouraging seeing Licht once again giving up a needed player without any compensation. He has been great at finding and getting good undrafted players. But he should have never let Pamphile go now starting at Tackle for the Titans without getting any compensation for him. And he even let a player go this year that had three interceptions in one game with no compensation.

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  27. Some criticism of Licht I agree with but Three int’s in one game were his only 3 of year against struggling Cam Newton that was injured. Move on for gods sake.

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  28. Pamphile sucks too….compensation for him? Crack me up.

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  29. Pamphile would have been a good value signing IMO. Bucs gamgled on Benenoch, Cappa and Wester developing. The Bucs lost that gamble last year as Wester was cut and quickly scooped up by the Jags.

    This year Bucs have to develop Boozer, Cappa and Benenoch and hope 2 out of the 3 sticks. Plus, Liedtke should have had a shot at RG given how bad it was last season.

    Between Liedtke, Pampile and Wester I think Liedtke is the best of the bunch followed by Pamphile and then Western in third.

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  30. Suferdudes,

    I think what was meant to be a reload has turned into a rebuild after all.

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    Go Bucs!!!

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  31. Arians is reloading but not in the way people thought IMO. Arians wants guys that buy in and are here from day 1. That should be obvious by now.

    Offense doesn’t need massive transformation as it is easier to run the ball and feed carries when you hold a lead.

    But that defense which was a leaking ship for many years needs to be plugged up on the backend and that is what Bowles is planning on doing.

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  32. I knew this was going to happen….Tampa always fails to get anything in return for its players that they let walk because they wait too long to try and trade them. The nest to be cut will probably be VH3 or Spense and yes thats right we wont get anything. Sure hope this coaching staff lives up to their hype.

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  33. VH3 would lead to some dead cap space but he would yield some net cap savings. So yeah it is possible and I agree the Bucs are a year or two to late when it comes to trying to trade players away when their value is at their peak.

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  34. Good riddance

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  35. I really like BA’s hats. I think I’m going to get one… sorry, random thought that doesn’t have anything to with anything.

    Seems with 93’s release and the news about going after Suh, the front office has some decent plans for the D-Line. One things is for certain – this is not going to be last year’s defense. We should expect it to look a lot different and will probably require different type of players, with different skills, at different spots on the field. I don’t know exactly what they are planning – no one does yet. But the coaches do, and it’s a bit crazy to criticize every move without that inside knowledge.

    Go Bucs!

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  36. Saw where 93 already getting interest from Cleveland. I agree with many that his level of play was beginning to diminish, and being in salary cap hell made him an instant fix to that dilemma, however I still believe he gave us several good years of work and rarely had help on the D-line, I don’t believe Suh or Williams is the answer, only puts us back in financial stress, The only alternative is for BA and company to coach up what we have and maybe try to pick-up some help when final cuts take place. On a side note what really is sad to me is all the fans cheering his dismissal as if he was a liability to the Buc’s. One man does not determine the success or failure of a team, 93 gave us at least 6 great years and 3 good years at the 3 technique. Granted the Buc’s didn’t win but where were the other 10 players on defense. I hope he signs with a team that gets to the playoffs, I hope he eventually gets into the ROH. He is a dedicated professional and I wish more Buc fans ackknowledge that and ignored these self proclaimed Know-it-alls trying to draw attention to themselves and have little interest in the sucesss or failure of the Buccaneers.

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  37. Hey Suck-Ass-Blob I bought JPP sucks? Can’t stop run? Blah blah blah all you said all year. Giants laughing their asses off meanwhile 12.5 sacks on mediocre D line and injured at times! You are the one that sucks ass like your name.

    So Now we we can’t be good defense without JPP? Talk about flipping like a politician. You are one stupid, negative, asshat. Roster isn’t done asshat, but you can’t keep your big mouth shut have to rush to judge and criticize guess that’s how losers operate.

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  38. From the moment Licht sat on his hands on opening day of FA, to today as he still sits there, this has been a rebuilding exercise.

    1) BA gets to evaluate what he has and cut ties with what he doesn’t want long term.
    2) BA gets to use this season to kick the tires on guys like Winston and decide if he needs replacing…and to prep his boys to take over the reigns.
    3) next year Licht is gone, BA is de facto GM, his boys take the coaching reigns. BA signs and drafts his team.
    4) a year to get that gelling and then in 2021 it’s playoffs.

    Seems to be unfolding before our eyes.

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  39. No surprise, but disappointed there wasn’t some deal to be had. Tells me GMC wants to decide where he’s going next and on what terms. I have no problem with that and it’s his right.

    Never a big fan of GMC on the field, but respect the guy. Best of luck.

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  40. I am less excited about BA being the de facto GM after a ridiculously poor draft spent ignoring both the DL and OL.

    I thought the latter would bite us first but we haven’t even suited up and the DL is depleted to the point we’re one injury away from lining up 3 or 4 players in a row who wouldn’t be starting on another team.

    It’s a shame BA felt he had to redo BL’s recent defensive backfield drafting, and that he, too, doesn’t think investing high picks into the lines is worthwhile. It’s going to be another long season. Yo ho, pass the rum.

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  41. If McCoy were a baseball player, he’d be a .300 singles hitter with no speed. Looks good in the uniform but doesn’t do much to help the team win. His most successful, critical takedowns happened on Twitter or IG. A lot of us are great humans but not worth much in a 4th quarter with victory on the line. Maybe the message he said he received at the Pro Bowl several years back will land home now. He’s not someone I’ll root against but I’m glad he’s no longer a Buc.

    One funny thing about bringing in Suh is part of the reasoning I remember Buc fans making to rationalize why McCoy was a prize in the draft when most hoped the Lions would choose GMC. Message boards and comments included the fact that McCoy was a year younger and could end up having a longer more reliable career…especially as they aged.

    Now we’ve reached that point and have swapped one for the other and the reasoning includes Suh has been more reliable and healthy in his career. The reality is we got the lesser of the two in the draft. Even with similar stats the better player has been Suh because of when he records his productivity…in all 4 quarters.

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  42. For those of you football wizards that think McCoy wasn’t worth even a low draft pick, just watch the teams lining up to compete for his services and his signature on a new (lower) contract. I just hope its not Atlanta or New Orleans – both are said to be interested.

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