Former Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is back in the NFL, signing a one-year deal with the Las Vegas Raiders. The Raiders need help up front at defensive tackle and are giving the 33-year old McCoy a potential last chance to play in the NFL.
McCoy signed a three-year, $18.3 million contract with the Dallas Cowboys last year, only to rupture his quadriceps tendon on the first day of camp and need season-ending surgery. He was given a $3.6 million signing bonus, but was waived injured shortly after his injury.
McCoy, who was Tampa Bay’s first-round draft pick in 2010, spent his first nine seasons with the Bucs where he played in 123 games and amassed 297 tackles, 54.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. The Oklahoma product made six Pro Bowls and is wide regarded as the second-best defensive tackle in team history behind Hall of Famer Warren Sapp.
Former Panthers DT Gerald McCoy – Photo from Panthers Twitter
His 54.5 career sacks in red and pewter places him fourth in franchise history behind Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon (78.5), Sapp (77) and Simeon Rice (69.5). McCoy’s best season came in 2013 when he recorded 9.5 sacks, beginning a streak in which he notched at least 8.5 sacks.
The Bucs released McCoyas a salary cap move in 2019 and replaced him with free agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. The team had grown concerned that McCoy had become too susceptible to injury, missing eight games over his last five seasons in Tampa Bay, and needed some salary cap relief. Suh had a reputation for not missing games due to injury, and has yet to miss one in his two years in Tampa Bay, helping the Bucs win Super Bowl LV.
After being released by the Bucs, McCoy landed with division rival Carolina in 2019 where he did manage to stay healthy for all 16 games for the first time in his career since the 2013 season. McCoy recorded 37 tackles and five sacks in his lone season with the Panthers before moving on to the Cowboys last year.
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