Ah, the joys of the offseason –where every social media post, tweet and quote is scrutinized with a fine tooth comb.

Unfortunately for the Bucs, the offseason came sooner than fans would have liked, but there is large buzz going around the Tampa Bay community and even around the league with the hiring of new head coach Bruce Arians.

And with the offseason comes the speculation of who stays and who goes.

This week Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy sent out a tweet that got some attention. McCoy has been the subject of plenty of that speculation since the season ended. Carrying a $13 million dollar cap hit in 2019, for the team with not much cap space, it is only natural for the question to be posed – will McCoy be back in Tampa Bay next season? Even McCoy himself doesn’t know the answer.

If McCoy is indeed released he will have plenty of suitors. Browns fans have been vocal in their desire to have McCoy and even a couple of Eagles player hinted he would be welcomed in the City of Brotherly Love.

How it all plays out is still up and the air and a decision that general manager Jason Licht, with some input from Arians, will be made soon enough.

In the meantime, let the social media cryptic tweets and posts drive conversation and debate.

Ah, the joys of the offseason.

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]

31 COMMENTS

  1. I would offer him to renegotiate his contract. Less money for more guaranteed and another year. Even tho I tend to hate how he disappears in games and tend to get injured. I would at least like to see him with this team for one more year under Todd Bowles.

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    • And if he says no, no renegotiation. Then what? The answer to that question is not answered more often than not. This post seems to indicate we keep him anyway.

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  2. It looks like he is talking about the transition with the new coaching staff. No story here, Mr. Cook.

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  3. McCoy to the Eagles? Yes!!!! This is the best news I’ve heard in years! A true Win-Win!!!! Can D.Jax be next??

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    • No kidding the only thing McCoy has done since he has been in Tampa is get hurt, whine about people not liking him, and get garbage time sacks. Get rid of him instead wasting the cap space!

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      • If the Bucs want to keep losing, they’ll stick with McCoy. Im just hoping he goes to an NFC South opponent so the Bucs can finally benefit by playing against him.

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      • Uh, yeah, garbage time would indicate the other team is throwing a lot. That would mean we were ahead on the scoreboard. That would mean we won more games. If we won more games, people wouldn’t harp on McCoy as much. So…… Yeah…… Your point not only lacks common sense but is also stupid

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  4. Release him? Seriously? He’ll never be released. Worst case is they trade him. A lot of teams would give up a mid rounder for him.

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    • Exactly… you would trade for some value. Same thing with DJax…. Why in the world would a team with a talent shortage allow a couple guys with that kind of talent go, with no compensation?

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      • You must be new to “Bucdom” mark. DATELINE March 12, 2014, the Bucs released All-Pro CB Darrelle Revis after just one season (despite trading our 2013 first round pick – number 13 overall – plus our 2014 3rd round pick) to the J.E.T.S. jets, jets, jets…..again, for one season of service after knee surgery.

        I think McCoy would listen/consider restructuring his contract. As for DJax, he’s shown his true colors, has never been a leader – here or anywhere – we should instead focus on keeping Humphries – a true team player.

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    • Hey, if the Bucs can get a ham sandwich for either or both players, they should jump at the opportunity. As long as they aren’t here next year “leading” the team, I will be happy.

      My reasons are simple. McCoy is indifferent to losing, or another coaching change, or coming up big in big situations. He disappears and it doesn’t matter who is playing next to him. Desean Jackson has a problem with Winston which is obvious for all to see and his salary dictates that he gets playing time at the expense of Godwin AND Hump.

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    • They would, if only the front office were smart enough to shop him around.

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  5. They would eat him alive in Philly. The first time McCoy picks up someone from the other team, he is toast. He has got to know that one. The fans there do not play that nice guy role at all!

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  6. If the Bucs move on from McCoy it will be via trade, to suggest he’ll be released is stupid.

    Who knows if D-Jax has any trade value. For the money saved and getting rid of his Me-Sean attitude who cares, cut him, release him, whatever jus show him the door.

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    • If it’s so stupid to suggest he will be released in a cap saving move, why are so many experts expecting that will be the case? What kind of market is there for a 31 year old defensive tackle who lacks killer instinct or signature plays? Nice guy, don’t get me wrong, but he’s not worth 13 million next year to any team. He will likely be released.

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      • “Experts” saying he will be released and them predicting that to be the move are two TOTALLY different things. Them saying he will be let go is to grab readers’/watchers’ attention, nothing more. Them making the prediction would just make them stupid. We may not be able to get a 1st for McCoy right now, but a lot of teams would be willing to give a 2nd. Most, if not all, would be willing to give a 3rd+. His numbers have dropped the past few years, but teams still game plan for him. That’s not a player you just cut

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        • Grayballs, we got JPP for a 3rd. There is no way a team gives up a second for Mccoy. I would stray more to your line of thought as a late 3rd maybe. As for teams game planning, do they? I saw Mccoy on numerous one on ones this year that he couldn’t beat. Especially when Vea, picked up his game.

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          • This is true. There were a lot more single-man protection on McCoy than previous years. But, that, I believe, had something to do with 93’s assignments in gap control, which were more prevalent and easier to read than in seasons prior. McCoy will have more assignments to penetrate than to control a gap under Bowles than he did with Smith/Duffner. I believe in this system he will look more like the 6.5-9.5 sack/yr player than the 3 we’ve grown accustomed to recently. Also, a 3rd is definitely more realistic, I simply said there are teams that would be willing to part with a 2. And I would be willing to guarantee there aren’t any more than, maybe, a handful of DCs that wouldn’t LOVE the chance to work with Gerald McCoy. The current price tag is the only reason this is even a topic of conversation. I’ve said it on other articles that if he were making 9M, next to nobody is talking about this

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    • Djax should go, Winston cannot through to him in stride. Evans should go too, he is not worth $20 million a year and we could get good picks for him.

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      • Whoa! I mean seriously…WHOA!!! Evans isn’t and shouldn’t go ANYWHERE. That guy is the TRUE face of the Franchise. His production is all that you hope for in a first round pick. Trading him for draft potentials is cray-cray bro.

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  7. MacDaddy is not going anywheres. They might try to offer him 10 mil a yr. If he does, we will get a 2nd or 3rd rder for him. I got him flourishing in Bowles Defenses.

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    • He’s done. Think of Marcellus Wallace telling Butch the truth of his situation in Pulp Fiction…”You came close but you never made it. If you were gonna make it, you would have made it by now.”

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  8. Good. I’d send him and try to acquire DT Jernigan, DE Barnett, LB Bradham or one of their aging OL with still something in the tank.

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  9. Well it would be a great way to create yet another massive hole on this team (unless someone thinks Beau Allen is a better choice) – I thought our new coach wasn’t about rebuilding. McCoy should be back.

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    • This guy gets it

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    • Actually, it would be a great way to fix a massive hole on this team. He’s the 9 year leader of a defense that has done nothing. 0 playoff wins in his time. Z-E-R-O. Spend that money on players that can make a difference. McCoy = Indifference

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  10. You don’t just release McCoy! There are three options: Trade,restructure or let him play. But somebody in Buc land is going to be a cap casualty. My money is on Brate and Humphries. They’re not going to pay a slot receiver at the expense of losing a six time Pro Bowler. Sorry

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  11. Offer to restructure, and seek a trade. Truth is, I doubt at this point in his career we could get much. If someone was willing to offer a 3rd as we paid for JPP, I would say take it in a heartbeat. But a 13 million dollar DT on the decline of his career is not worth it with so many other needs on this team.

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  12. Neither of those two F/A’s we got from Philly last off-season are comparable to Gerald McCoy, yet folks here want to retain Curry and Allen because they make a bit less. I don’t care what any player makes….I care what he earns. Did any of them actually earn their comparatively high salaries? Not from what I saw. Rarely noticed any standout plays from this trio. Only JPP, Nasib and Buc Ass Bob’s whipping boy, Vea shined enough to be seen. I suspect any of our defensive linemen, except JPP, Nasib and Vea, would be made available to trade offers. Only McCoy could garner much compensation. I’m anxious for our new staffs’ fresh set of eyes to assess what we have and who’s worth keeping.

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  13. It amazes me so many of you want to hold on to players, McCoy, David, and now Kwon that have not contributed to one meaningful win since they’ve been here. Nine years for McCoy, BA would be what his sixth coach? Not one playoff game, not one division title. This year did Gerry make a sack to seal a victory, did David pick off a pass to win a game? I remember the days when that would be common place for Brooks, and Sapp. Raise your standards, or remain in the bottom of the division. I’m sure we can do just as bad, or perhaps better without these underachievers, and their bloated contracts.

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    • Exactly!! Dont stop there we are spending a kings ransom on the offense there is much fat to cut on that side of the ball as well. Get players who want to play and fit the team and budget.

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