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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

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 McCoy as 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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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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drdneast
1 month ago

This signing just shows how desperare the Raiders are to get any type of pressure on the QB and preseason games haven’t even started.

ScottC543
1 month ago

I’m happy for the guy and hope he has a great year.

fredster
1 month ago

Mccoy is washed up imo.

plopes808
1 month ago

Good for him, although things may have gone bad between he and the Bucs, he seemed like a genuinely good dude. I, like many, took issue with him signing for a division rival. In the end though, our team was better off getting Suh so best of luck to GMC with his new team.

fredster
Reply to  plopes808
1 month ago

He’s soft and can’t stand him. I don’t think he cares much about winning either.

Naplesfan
Reply to  fredster
1 month ago

An awful lot of us can’t stand you either.

drdneast
Reply to  fredster
1 month ago

Give me an oar and I will row with you. No coincidence how when we got Suh the defense started to turn around.

Dman
Reply to  fredster
1 month ago

Ditto.

HomerSimpsonRocks
Reply to  fredster
1 month ago

With you. Seems like a great guy, but soft player. Glad he’s out with Gruden and not here.

Go Bucs 72
1 month ago

Is McCrybaby’s PR Man Stroud going to cover the Raiders now?

drdneast
Reply to  Go Bucs 72
1 month ago

LOL. Funny.

cobraboy
1 month ago

The Big Softie will get injured once again.

fredster
Reply to  cobraboy
1 month ago

Yep almost guaranteed.

PissedOffBuc1988
1 month ago

To be considered great, you have to do more than just make pro bowls. Sapp was great because he struck fear in opposing offenses. Brooks was great because he could make game changing plays, was fast, and was always around the ball. Lunch was great because he made wrs shake coming across the middle. All those guys were reasons why we were the creme de la creme of defense for a decade. What great defense was McCoy ever on? What impactful play do you remember him making? How many playoff appearances has he had in Tampa, let alone at all?… Read more »

Dy-nasty D
Reply to  PissedOffBuc1988
1 month ago

Man, GMac must really love playing if he’s willing to move out west to a non-contender. I was hoping we’d sign him as a 3rd down pass rusher. Would’ve loved to see him get a ring in Tampa. Always thought many fans did him wrong. Sure, he wasn’t Sapp, but he was damned good. It wasn’t his fault he played on terrible teams that changed coaches and schemes every couple of years.
Good luck, Gerald! Stay healthy and retire in Tampa. You’re a good man for our community.

drdneast
Reply to  Dy-nasty D
1 month ago

No doubt he is a good man for the community and a good human being. So was Dick Greco but I didn’t want him playing DT for the Bucs.

gcolerick
Reply to  Dy-nasty D
1 month ago

Finally, a voice of reason. Easy to insult another human being hiding behind your computer screens. Wonder how many of these condescending comments would be made to his face. You’re right about him not being any Warren Sapp…he was Gerald McCoy and there isn’t anything wrong with that.

Naplesfan
Reply to  PissedOffBuc1988
1 month ago

McCoy may not be “great” by your lights, but he was still the anchor of our defense for most of his time here, and as stated in this post, was probably the second best DT for the Bucs when he was healthy.

Getting Suh to replace McCoy was a good move at the time and now too. But I never understood the white-hot hate and disrespect a small number of Bucs fans/trolls saved for someone who played his heart out for the Bucs for many years.

PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 month ago

McCoy wasnt awful. I just said he wasn’t great, which he wasn’t. Playing your heart out doesn’t make you great. Chris hovan was an anchor for the Vikings. Is he great too? The hate McCoy gets comes from a group of us that see that McCoy while being a solid player, never really took the leap he really should have and that’s real. He was too worried about being Batman, who he is also no where near close to being. He was never Sapp, and I know I never expected him to become Sapp, but being the number 3 pick… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by PissedOffBuc1988
Naplesfan
1 month ago

A basketfull of assholes commenting here. McCoy was a very good player and teammate respected by his peers and coaches, who was very important to this team for many years.

I’d love to apply the same hate/standards to you assholes that you reserve for McCoy. I’ll bet you’re all failures in life unlike Gerald McCoy.

drdneast
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 month ago

Wow, dude. You produced more “white hot heat,” in that last post than anyone has in talking about why they don’t like McCoy. All of the comments I have read pretty much were generated in general tone with little to no name calling unlike you who resorted to using obscene terms for body parts. Geeeesh. For 6 or 7 years I defended McCoy like you. But after listening to his pregame motivation speech against Dallas and finally the coup de grac, his apology to Ben Rothlesberger, I changed my mind. Enough was enough. That doesn’t make me a “hater” just… Read more »

PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  drdneast
1 month ago

Exactly. Enough was enough. Apologizing for playing hard is the most ridiculous thing. You’re supposed to hit and make the QB uncomfortable, yet you apologize? Wow. Getting rid of McCoy was like you said, the best thing that ever happened to Tampa. They replaced Winston and McCoy with Brady and Suh. Enough said.

scubog
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 month ago

Why the name-calling Naples? Folks just have different expectations and opinions about a really nice guy who did his job well. Just not well enough or with the demeanor necessary to elevate the play of his fellow defenders as would be hoped for from the 3rd player taken in the Draft. That doesn’t put anyone in a “basket of assholes” or “deplorables” for that matter. So now he’s headed to his 3rd team since his departure from Tampa Bay. I’m sure his detractors wish him well………….even if you think they’re “assholes”.

Dave
Reply to  scubog
1 month ago

Because he’s Naples. He’s always the smartest man in the room. He wouldn’t be Naples, if he wasn’t leaving unnecessary judgmental, condescending replies

Last edited 1 month ago by Dave
deeznuts
1 month ago

Interesting. He was good, not great. McCoy was a nice guy, good in the community, and quick off the line as a gap penetrator. Problem was he couldn’t use his hands well once engaged with a blocker and doesn’t have elite strength or size. His demeanor was more of let’s play back yard football than it was getting ready for a gladiator match every Sunday. I was wondering why TB didn’t bring him back as a rotational guy but then I realized Suh and JPP would just bully him for being soft. Getting rid of him was the best thing… Read more »

Horse
1 month ago

McCoy’s got a long road ahead of him to stay healthy. Best to him.

seat26
1 month ago

McCoy had a long successful career on an underachieving team. The Team made the right decision. Suh has been an even better replacement. Amazing since they were drafted 2 and 3 in the 2010 draft.Crazy that both of them were Buccaneers. I wish him well.

Dman
1 month ago

Not sure whose ‘widely’ is but the second best tackle in Bucs history after Sapp??? No way. In his twilight Suh is still a much better player.

aquilus
1 month ago

Has he ever lasted a full season?
The guy is a injury magnet

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