The Bucs got an earlier start to their 2019 season then most other teams with the signing of head coach Bruce Arians. Monday was the first day for teams with new head coaches to begin their offseason program, and Rick Stroud reported that there was one long-tenured player absent from the facility – 10-year veteran defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.

Tampa Bay’s six-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman is set to make $13 million in base salary this season, but rumors have swirled that the Bucs may trade McCoy due to his high salary and the Bucs having very limited cap space.

It should be noted that the offseason program workouts are voluntary, so McCoy is not required to attend. Yet as one of the leaders of the team and a long-time captain, his missing presence was noticeable, especially in a year the team is learning a new system with a new coaching staff.

Bucs DT Gerald McCoy

Bucs DT Gerald McCoy – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

One of McCoy’s teammates on defense that spoke to the media on Monday was cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, who commented briefly on McCoy’s situation and the Bucs’ unwillingness to definitively say that he will be a member of this team for the upcoming 2019 season.

“We know what Gerald means to us in the locker room,” Hargreaves said. “The community knows what he means to the community based on what he does. I don’t have to speak for what he does. If he comes back, if he doesn’t come back – it’s all business. He has to do what’s best for his family, Mr. [Jason] Licht has to do what’s best for the Buccaneers, so that’s where that comes in line. I want him here, everybody wants him here.”

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2 years ago

looks like it’s actually happening. i think a change will be good for the bucs and for gerald. he belongs on a team where he is a talented supporting player and glue guy. He was always miscast as the face and leader of the franchise, it happened by virtue of him being highly drafted and talented on a team that was barren of leaders. If this is a sign a trade or release (hopefully trade) is imminent, the bucs still have time to use the savings on some useful (but not awesome) veteran pieces in addition to picking up draft… Read more »

2 years ago

Gonna try to pull a Leveon? LOL
Problem is this team will be better without him.

I love the mean look in that picture, knowing he is thinking inside, “I’m Batman”

2 years ago

Not sure what the Bucs are trying to do with McCoy? However tactic they’re trying to use McCey is sending a message loud and clear; release me!

Buc-in-Philly Fan
2 years ago

Oh his release is coming. It’s just going to be on the Buccaneers terms and not his!!

2 years ago

Agree his not showing up is his way of saying, “You disrespect me, I disrespect you.”

I’ve said for a long time that I’d move on from GMC, and I get this is a business, but McCoy is a class act and I just wish the Bucs would make the call one way or the other. Playing this game and subjecting him the speculation game is not treating him right,

2 years ago

I don’t think its a sign of disrespect that GMC didn’t show up.

Actually, it probably would have been awkward and disruptive if he DID show up. It’s best for all parties that he stays at home until the Bucs trade or release him. No media interviews or attention needed.

2 years ago

Or…. Maybe this is all speculation to turn this ant hill to a mountain. Perhaps McCoy had a family issue that he did not want disclosed and Arians, along with his staff, are respecting that. See, hypotheticals work multiple ways. It’s all about the narrative you’re trying to create

2 years ago

It appears that DT Gerald McCoy and the Bucs are headed for a divorce. I say appears because I don’t know what the final outcome will be. Divorces can be messy, but this one doesn’t have to be if both parties maintain a mutual respect for each other. McCoy, for the first time as a Buc, didn’t show for opening day. Many are taking this as a show of bad blood between the Bucs and McCoy. Perhaps it is but it shouldn’t be. McCoy is a 6 x Pro Bowler and a 3 x All-Pro player. And the Bucs have… Read more »

2 years ago

Ever think this might be a mutually agreeable separation given Gerald’s “limbo” status with the team? It sure doesn’t mean there is any disrespect. I think what it does likely signal, is that one of five courses of action will occur before Training Camp. Door #1-Status Quo. Gerald remains a Buc at his current salary. Door #2-Gerald remains a Buc after he agrees to a restructured contract. Door #3-Gerald is released and free to sign with another team who no doubt will adjust his salary. Door #4-Gerald is traded after agreeing to a restructured contract with his new team. Door… Read more »

2 years ago

If he wants to stay with the team and be a team player, why doesn’t he restructure his contract? He knows they’re is only so much money to go around. Other players have to get paid.
Sounds like a little greed on his part.

Action Jackson 72
2 years ago

Has anyone asked McCrybaby’s PR man Rick Stroud why he wasn’t at practice?

2 years ago

The problem with McCoy is he never acted like losing bothered him that much as long as he played well enough to satisfy his own performance expectations.
As for me macabee, I will always remember McCoy for apologizing to Big Ben after he hit him and for standing on the sidelines and remaining quiet while Alexander and Winston got into Swaggy Bakers face for playing and act&ing so lackadaisical.
McCoy was the defensive team captain and should have been reading Baker the riot act, not Winston.

last fan standing
2 years ago

I don’t think either should have any hard feelings. The Bucs are making a business decision were the performance does not equal the pay at his point. This happens everyday so no one should get butt hurt over it.

drdneast i agree 100% and believe this is a large part of the reason they are moving on from him and his play is in decline.