Despite having $13 million in non guaranteed money for his salary next season, Gerald McCoy will be staying on the Bucs according to a published report on Friday.
Rick Stroud has reported that coach Bruce Arians and company like what they see on his tape, and believe he will fit well in Todd Bowles’ defensive scheme.
Why Gerald McCoy will return for a 10th season with the Bucs https://t.co/JeyuEsHsi8
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) February 22, 2019
McCoy and his contract is one of the biggest questions this offseason for the salary strapped Bucs. Having only $16 million in salary cap room after cutting Vinny Curry, McCoy was speculated by many to be traded or released because of the amount of money he was about to receive.
Now entering his 10th year, McCoy is the longest tenured Buc on the roster. He has been through (if you include Arians and his staff) five head coaches and seven defensive coordinators in that time, continuously adjusting his defensive assignment during that process.
McCoy himself has said that it doesn’t really matter where you play, as long as you can play the game of football:
4-3, 3-4, 5-2, Nose guard, 3-tech, DE, doesn’t matter. Either you can play football or you can’t. PERIOD!!
— Gerald McCoy (@Geraldini93) January 18, 2019
McCoy was a team captain for six straight years from 2012-2017, and was a game day captain during the 2018 season after Kwon Alexander went out for the year.
He had six sacks and 28 tackles in 14 games last season, and has notched 54.5 sacks and 218 tackles in his career.
Note: PewterReport.com as been unable to confirm the report.