According to Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository, the Cleveland Browns and general manager John Dorsey remain interested in Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.

What began as a report from the Akron Beacon Journal in late April linking Dorsey and the Browns to McCoy, rumors had slowed down following a lack of confirmation or comment from either side, but Doerschuk has stated that the interest is still very real with the apparent hold up being the money involved in McCoy’s contract.

The previous report projected the Browns sending over running back Duke Johnson in exchange for McCoy, which seemed like a plausible agreement as the Bucs would be able to shed the $13 million that’s owed to McCoy over the 2019 season while adding a proven running back to a backfield in Tampa that lacks experience and production.

It isn’t just a reported interest, however, with Doerschuk believing that the hypothetical deal is still very much possible.

We also believe the Browns continue to view obtaining McCoy as realistic,” Doerschuk said. “With the issue not tied to his projected production, but to money issues that have a chance to be resolved.”

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  1. At this point they would need to send over a younger Dlineman as well if we are gonna let McCoy go… Maybe someone with potential but doesn’t have a starting spot. Maybe find some hidden potential at a lower cap hit along with a potential starting running back, restructure Evans contract and were set with the Cap.

    I’m just so ready to find out what our team is gonna look like because I’m still pretty co code t there are gonna be 3 or 4 players that may not have been obvious stars that are gonna end up showin up once the season starts and I wanna see who that will be…

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  2. I think the hold up is they want McCoy to redo his deal if they trade for him. No one is paying him 13 million this year, McCoy knows it. What McCoy wants is to determine where he goes. Hopefully he’s considering playing for Cleveland, and this gets done.

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  3. I don’t like the way our Bucs are handling this. But as an organization, we have been here before. So its not surprising. Bucs are gonna wish they had kept GMC. Vita Vey is injury prone ..to much weight. If I were GMC, I would want to leave now. And the Browns are..up and coming. I got them paying him at least 10. Good luck GMC. Some here forget how hard you played when we had nobody. You have become the Bucs whipping post because you want your money. Yet, we are paying an O lineman 10 mil a yr. But Shhhh nobody wants to talk about that huh? Get it done Bucs. Let the man be on his way.

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  4. Shock. GMC isn’t worth $13 million – to anybody.

    And although I really like the idea of bringing over Duke Johnson who I think would be a great compliment to Barber, I agree with @spitfire, we need a young D lineman as part of the deal.

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  5. GMC will not take 1 penny less than contract from Bucs, The Bucs will get 2 giant nothing burgers for him more egg on Licht and Glazzers face , and Gerald will give discount to team he thinks can go into playoffs, He feels he wasted his dream here in Tampa.

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  6. If I was GMC, I’d swallow my pride a little bit and stay with the Bucs on a restructured deal and it’s mainly because he has NEVER been with a proven coaching staff like the one that’s here now.

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  7. Ok I love McCoy. I think the team has wasted his career with crappy players around him and crappy cpaches developing them. That said, I’m starting to see what people are talking about with saying McCoy is a bit of a diva. Look at how Josh Rosen was about going to a new team. I know McCoy has been treated poorly here because people wanted him to take the Bucs to the playoffs by himself but that’s not how it works. He has kept his head down and worked and I love it. This year though, he finally has a chance at the playoffs within the next two years because they brought real coaches in yet he doesn’t sound like the “I’ll shut up and get to work” guy we need him to be right now. I get it, I do but we need Gerald to stick with this team for this year. The coach is just trying to light a fire under him and get the most out of him and he’s taking it personal. If Arians had paid better attention to what McCoy has had to put up with since he was drafted he might have gone about it a little differently..

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  8. McCoy has been part of the losing culture here for years.
    He is as much a part of it and responsible for it as anyone.
    Does anyone remember the story about Sapp and when he had had enough. He went to Derrick Brooks and said enough, this isn’t who we are and they went out and kicked the Chargers butts in San Diego after they both heard ESPN referring to Tampa Bay as the Yuccaneers.
    Can anyone remember McCoy having a seminal moment like that and he had a LB like Brooks in Lavontae David who he could have gone to for backup.
    In fact, I can remember two recent instances where McCoy did the opposite of taking the bull by the horns.
    The first was when he stood silently by while Swaggy Baker acted like a clown after jumping off sides on a crucial down against the Panthers. At the time, he was a team captain but it was Alexander and Winston who had to go after Baker and blow him up for his who cares attitude.
    The other time was this past season when he apologized to Big Ben for hitting him a tad to late. Apologize?
    It wasn’t the Bucs who wasted McCoy’s talents, it was McCoy himself and his rudderless leadership that he allegedly provided.
    McCoy has been one of the main players who has always been content to be a millionaire and not give a damn if the team wins or loses as long as he thinks he played well.
    I think McCoy is going to be in for a big surprise if he waits this out for the Bucs to cut him.
    BA isn’t the only coach who knows how to look at film. If he waits to get cut he might find out he ha less suitors than he thinks he does and the the Browns will be an even better bargaining position.

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  9. They need to trade him for Emanuel Ogbah and Duke Johnson. I felt like we should’ve drafted Ogbah over Spence but Clevland took him right before we could. I would trade McCoy and a 5th or 6th and that would plug 2 holes on our team;RB2 and DE.

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  10. I’m sure everyone would take this trade in a heartbeat. But I don’t think the Browns are willing to trade Ogbah.

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  11. I’m pretty sure Emmanuel Ogbah was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs already.

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  12. Ogbah was traded 6 weeks ago to KC on April 1st.

    Some fans think McCoy is good, but they typically haven’t paid attention to #93 in game. They are watching the ball or they are drunk. Some equate his “greatness” to pro bowls or cite excuses about lack of support/coaching around him.

    It’s a mirage.

    He not only lacks signature plays and games, or a relentless will to win, or leadership to coax greatness out of those around him, but he has been on the business end of over 40 collapses. The Bucs defense with McCoy couldn’t hold a lead. The list of losses includes losing to backup QB’s, backup RB’s, teams under .500, and especially to opposing teams at RayJay. They went 0-8 at home a few years ago. 0-8.

    McCoy fans can put their opinions out there about how great he is all they want, but the truth is, they are flat wrong. He will eventually be cut. Wait and watch.

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  13. McCoy was a very good player for us was he Sapp? No, was he a leader? No, but what does that mean? Nothing, I judge him based on his production and he was a solid player and one of the best DT’s in the NFL for yrs and solidified his draft status. It saddens me when Bucs Fans tear our players down who were productive and they nick pick his personality and compare them to other former players not everyone has the personality of a Hardy Nickerson or Warren Sapp. At this point of his career I would trade him for Duke Johnson we are weak at rb and need depth and would be appreciative for the all that Gerald gave this organization during his tenure here in Tampa he was always gracious to the fans and the community.

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  14. I cannot even believe the comments I’m reading. I can’t waaaaait for you to see this DLine once he’s traded. Then I’ll be laughing as I’m reading hundreds of “this defense really misses McCoy” posts. No single player can vault a defense into the elite category. If there’s an elite DT the last decade that has had a worse DLine around him, and worse defensive coaches, i’d Looove to see it! You’re only as good as the DLine around you, and as good as the DC running the defense. And it’s been borderline laughable since the day he was drafted. Go ahead and blame him, shows just how little you know the game of football

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