The future of Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy in Tampa Bay remains murky at best.

Last month at the NFL Scouting Combine, Bucs GM Jason Licht said the team didn’t have any plans to release the veteran Pro Bowler to clear cap space prior to free agency. But he stopped short of guaranteeing McCoy would be on the roster in September.

PFT's Mike Florio, Chris Simms and Bucs GM Jason Licht
PFT’s Mike Florio, Chris Simms and Bucs GM Jason Licht – Photo by: Mark Cook/PR

On Monday at the Annual League Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, Licht said things are still status quo while speaking exclusively with the local Tampa media.

“We talked about him at the Combine and nothing has really changed since then,” Licht said. “He’s a great player, been a great player for the Bucs, so…”

Licht was asked about the coaches evaluation of McCoy this offseason but was somewhat vague in his response.

“[The coaches think] that he is a good player, that he can get off the ball and is a good pressure player and has been a good player for a long time,” Licht said. “We talked about every player on the team.”

Licht also told PewterReport.com and other local media members last month that he would have news on the progress of linebacker Kendell Beckwith’s status, who was injured last offseason in a car accident and missed all of the 2018 campaign. Like the McCoy question, Licht had little to report.

“Not right now – when we get back we will have to look into that situation a little bit more and have more detail on that,” Licht said.

The Bucs have added two new linebackers this offseason in Deone Bucannon and Shaquil Barrett, in addition to re-signing Kevin Minter and Devante Bond to replace Kwon Alexander, who departed for San Francisco in free agency, and potentially Beckwith.

Bucs LB Kendell Beckwith
Bucs LB Kendell Beckwith – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

The Bucs are still in need of freeing up some salary cap space to even sign their rookie draft class, and possibly add a few more free agents along the way. PewterReport.com has reported that Tampa Bay is going to sign Blaine Gabbert to compete for the backup quarterback job with Ryan Griffin behind starter Jameis Winston.

McCoy is set to count $13 million for 2019 and the team could look to still attempt to trade McCoy before or following the draft. In addition, the Bucs could seek to restructure his deal as well.

Or McCoy could end up lining up as the starting three-technique defensive tackle for a 10th season in Tampa Bay when the season kicks off this fall.

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]

19 COMMENTS

  1. If they can swing McCoy that’s fine but he is a good DT not a great one. Perhaps can restructure a more cap friendly deal? He also isn’t worth 13 million/year IMO. He’s past his prime and wasn’t the most dominant in his prime.

    I really liked Beckwith and thought he had high upside potential I really hope his career isn’t over because of this ankle.

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  2. “We talked about him at the Combine and nothing has really changed since then” – guessing he’s not just referring to his conversations with the media, but other teams as well. If something happens with him wouldn’t expect it until draft weekend when things heat up.

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  3. No news is, well, no news…

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  4. Fredster- I 100% agree and said the same thing (not so eloquently) a week or so prior. The reactions to my comment were not as kind, however. It’s the truth though… they will be vastly overpaying for him at 13 mil.

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  5. Something has to give in order to sign any more players and rookies. Either McCoy or JPP either restructure or get traded.

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  6. Sounds like McCoy will not be on this roster before week 1.

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  7. Hey Mark, what the devil is up with Beckwith. Any why all the cloak and dagger.

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  8. This lack of information or vague responses to the status of Buc personnel has Bruce Arians written all over it. It would be too easy to say McCoy’s our guy and we fully expect him to be a Buc this year. Or that Kendell Beckwith is not progressing as we expected so we’re going to have to address his position in the draft.

    They know more than they are saying, but not saying any more than they have to. There is a plan, but is probably contingent on other events or situations occurring. You and I know that the Bucs have a bad case of the shorts and must make moves to clear cap space before or during the draft. But Arians isn’t talking and nobody is walking until they have to.

    I’m going to trust the old whisperer and bet the plan comes together. Go Bucs!

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  9. I’m looking forward to watching McCoy’s legendary “get off” when he gets off the team.

    He stinks and the defense will continue to underachieve with him on the field “leading” it.

    The day of celebration nears ever closer!

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  10. Macabee, here is a legal question.
    Could all the secrecy has to do with Beckwith ongoing settlement from the car accident? Buccaneers probably can’t say anything about it for the above reason?

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  11. Yes Horse, that very well could be. I don’t know where this injury falls under Hippa, but could very well be the reason the Bucs are saying nothing.

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  12. He might still come back from this injury. Paul George had a compound fracture and it took him about a year to get back on the court.

    Regarding secret legal info…Beckwith gave his keys to a friend to drive his Camaro last April. That friend ran them into a gate and it turns out the friend had a suspended license.

    http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/23246778/tampa-bay-buccaneers-lb-kendell-beckwith-had-surgery-fractured-ankle-suffered-car-accident-last-week

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  13. It’s so funny how this time of year, and certainly at the pre-Draft press conference, all GM’s lips are moving, sound comes out, but nothing is said. It’s like the Mystery of Oak Island show. They (media) keep digging, but no treasure is unearthed. Just once I’d like to hear a “scoop” when the next reporter asks about #93 and Jason quotes Big Sombrero. Now that would be a hoot.

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  14. @scubog I just want to see defensive excellence. I’m sure Licht does too. I’m sure most Bucs fans do too.

    I may be just an idiot fan, but my eyes work. Of course I don’t know the play that was called or the exact responsibilities of the player, but I can guarantee you that missing tackles, not getting off blocks, and getting dominated by the opposing right guard isn’t part of the plan.

    I can also guarantee you that having the 2nd highest salary on your defensive line should yield a much better result than it did last year. They were awful against everyone. Remember Chicago? That was supposed to be a low scoring affair where every field goal mattered. Chicago’s great defense against Tampa’s #1 offense. Chicago’s putrid plodding offense against Tampa’s defense and the great GERALD MCCOY.

    Drinking game…Take a shot every time the announcer says “Trubisky has ALL DAY to throw it”

    You’ll be BOMBED in 9 minutes.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5MgTLqZUsM

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  15. BigSombrero Mar. 26, 2019 at 8:02 am
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    @scubog I just want to see defensive excellence. I’m sure Licht does too. I’m sure most Bucs fans do too.

    I may be just an idiot fan, but my eyes work. Of course I don’t know the play that was called or the exact responsibilities of the player, but I can guarantee you that missing tackles, not getting off blocks, and getting dominated by the opposing right guard isn’t part of the plan.

    I can also guarantee you that having the 2nd highest salary on your defensive line should yield a much better result than it did last year. They were awful against everyone. Remember Chicago? That was supposed to be a low scoring affair where every field goal mattered. Chicago’s great defense against Tampa’s #1 offense. Chicago’s putrid plodding offense against Tampa’s defense and the great GERALD MCCOY.

    Drinking game…Take a shot every time the announcer says “Trubisky has ALL DAY to throw it”

    You’ll be BOMBED in 9 minutes.

    PR wont let me attach the youtube video of Chicago vs Tampa highlights.

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  16. Are those highlights or lowlights???

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  17. @FLBoy84 Well, on Youtube they call them “highlights” but I totally agree, they are lowlights for us Bucs fans. Very little to be proud of after watching it again.

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  18. @Big Sombrero: I haven’t praised McCoy’s play in a few years so I’m not sure why the retort. The point of my comment was to note how the media asks the same questions over and over and get the common “coach or GM speak” that is mostly non-committal and rather bland. That’s why I thought it would be hysterical if Licht said something similar to one of your points about Gerald.

    For the record. As far as I’m concerned, we can be the 31st ranked Defense with Big Sombrero occupying the 3 Technique and Scubog playing Mike in place of Kwon. Could only drop one spot.

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  19. @scubog And now I have seen the light! Sorry I misinterpreted your comment!

    Regarding suiting up…I’m ready coach! Put me in!

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