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.”