The odds have seemed to be stacked against Gerald McCoy returning back to the Bucs as both the season and draft comes closer. Jason Licht has been non committal about plans for him and head coach Bruce Arians said he needs more time to evaluate him, all while McCoy has been absent from the Bucs optional team practices.
With that said, there is still someone that believes he will remain on the team this season.
Appearing on the Ronnie and T-Kras show on 95.3 WDAE, former Bucs general manager Mark Dominik expressed his thoughts that McCoy will be a Buc when the regular season comes around. Dominik has a history with McCoy, as he drafted him back in 2010.
“I don’t think they’ll trade Gerald McCoy,” Dominik said. “I don’t think they’ll be in that position unless they find Quinnen Williams as a guy that can be a feature for them as an interior pass rusher or if Ed Oliver is the guy they really, really, want to have. But I think Gerald is there for one more season and then they probably part ways.”
Dominik went on to say that he thinks McCoy’s feeling were hurt by the Bucs indecisiveness about him, and that he’s ultimately just listening to his agent. Speculation continues to grow that Tampa Bay will try to package McCoy in a trade during the draft, shedding them of the $13 million they owe him this season.
You can listen to the full interview here: