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.

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:

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.

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76Buc

Great news that we’re keeping a great athlete and a great person!

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BigSombrero

Here’s the highlights of the last game of the year vs. Atlanta(6-9) in Tampa(5-10). Empty stands of course. Watch #93. I challenge you to say he’s great after watching this DISMAL performance. He got ran all over by TEVIN COLEMAN and missed at least 5 tackles from JUST THE HIGHLIGHTS. Matt Ryan had no pressure from Geraldini93. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52JqOq6zeNA I can pull up ANY game from last year and watch McCoy put forth a shitty effort. If this coaching staff thinks he’s gonna be a force and lead this defense to greatness, we’re in for another long year of excuses and… Read more »

BigSombrero

I found this video of McCoy’s highlights as a Buccaneer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esQvBtxcfFc

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BigSombrero

If you can find a better highlight video, please share!!

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BigSombrero

I went through the “Most Impressive” List from every game of this season. I wanted to see what the PR staff graded players. JPP 9 appearances Carl Nassib 6 appearances Vita Vea 4 appearances GMC- 0 with one honorable mention week c vs Philly Week 2 Vinny Curry- 0 with one honorable mention vs NO week 1 Beau Allen 0 Buckner was interviewed half way through the season and called the linemen “average” except for JPP and Vea. Vs. Atlanta week 5 – GMC was on the “Most Disappointing” WHat the HELL are the new coaches seeing? Walter Peyton Man… Read more »

EricNV

I guess you know better than Arians and Bowles, don’t you?

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BigSombrero

Yep. And I know better than:

HC/DC Raheem Morris, DL coach Todd Wash(2010),
Morris, DL coaches Stretz/Millard(2011),
HC Schiano, DC Sheridan, DL Melvin, Front 7 coach Brian Cox(2012-2013)
HC Lovie, DC Frasier, DL Cullen (2014)
HC/DC Lovie, DC Frasier, DL Cullen, DL Spicer (2015)
HC Koetter, DC Smith, DL Hays, DL Spicer (2016-17)
HC Koetter, DC Smith, DC Duffner, DL Buckner, DL Spicer (2018)

The question is, how do you NOT know better than these winning coaches whose careers crashed after taking jobs in Tampa!!!

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SelmonRules1000

BigSombrero is freaking out on a drunk triad (that he has admitted to in posting below; see I have been drinking since 6:30). They need GMC for one more year. They need a RG, S, CB, RB, OT, or LB worse. But after the end of this year, they could be looking at entire DL missing. JPP, GMC, Nassib, Allen and others could all be gone at once in 2020.

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SelmonRules1000

Boy if the 76Buc is for real, you have seen some sh.t! I agree that GMC is needed for one more year though.

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76Buc

Original season ticket holder and masochist extraordinair SR1000. Yep, we need 1 more year from GMC.

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fredster

I’m indifferent about McCoy. Don’t have strong opinion either way but I think they would be better off using the money elsewhere but he’s good DT and has some gas left in tank. The d line was starting to perform better so perhaps another year or so would be best to keep him for now.

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MizzouBucs24

Good for McCoy!!! One less hole to fill on defense. Got to get to the QB and McCoy would be better than a rookie but it will cost us. This surely means DJax has to go for cap space. Now add a stud safety and guard in FA and draft a right tackle. Probably not a good sign for Kwon unless he is going to take 1 yr prove it deal. Maybe Licht can find another LB gem in the 4th round or maybe we sign a hybrid LB/SS in FA. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet.… Read more »

EricNV

I’ll believe it when I see it. I still think there’s a better than 50% chance they trade McCoy, and this announcement is to butter-up potential trade partners as much as it is anything else. Of course, if they restructure McCoy’s deal to free-up cap space, I’ll be less skeptical.

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bucballer

It’s the right move even if u really don’t like the move! Would have liked him to take a pay cut… but it is what it is. McCoy will be in the Ring of Honor one day.

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bucballer

This means DJax is gone fo sure! Need that cap space that he takes up and he really showed his true colors last year… even though in the right offense I think he can be productive, just not ours!

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BigSombrero

Not so fast. Arians has said he wants to keep DJax.

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BigSombrero

Don’t beleive me? How about Bruce Arians? Here you go!

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000001009791/article/bruce-arians-wants-desean-jackson-back-in-tampa

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EricNV

Okay, where are the Bucs going to find money to: (1) pay Winston his $20 mil, pay Smith $12-$14 mil, keep DJax and McCoy? Oh, and let’s not forget Alexander, whether it’s a 1-yr prove it deal or long-term? Cut a bunch of other players, and you’ve got lots of holes to fill and only 6 draft picks at this point, plus they need to acquire 1-2 FA vets for the secondary. Tyran Mattheiu might give his old bosses a discount, but it won’t be that big of a discount. Otherwise, they’ll just be signing a bunch of JAGs to… Read more »

BigSombrero

There were teams that wanted DJax at the deadline last year and he publicly stated his desire to be traded. Did they trade him? Nope. I will believe he is traded when I see it. Oakland is really the perfect trade but BA wants him and his offense features a speed threat. Bowles wants GMC. Its suicide if you ask me, but you aint asking… Here are some players they can cut instead to make room for GMC, DJax, Matthieu, backup QB, K, P, CB, Rookies… Allen(5m), David(9.75m), Benenoch(2.04m), Anger(3m), Dotson(4.8m), Brate(7m), Golston(3.75m), JPP(14.7) and Unrein(2.75m) Thats 52.79m to spend… Read more »

SelmonRules1000

Licht and the former head coach did not trade Jackson for they were not thinking about the future. They were only thinking about their immediate jobs. One survived and one did not. Of course it would have made sense to trade Jackson before the deadline. But, when you are so desperate to not get fired in the immediate future you are not thinking about the 2019 off season.

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SelmonRules1000

Djax is not the type of receiver Winston can get the ball to. Djax knows it. Arians does not know it. Djax gone will save 10 million. And it would be mutual for all parties involved. Arians will come to know it after a few more meetings with Jackson. In an interview on the carpet Arians stated it was up to Jackson and that he was going to have another meeting with him about it. Arians was already transitioning to that point. I think they are holding out until the end before cutting Jackson to try to do a last… Read more »

BucRy

I know a lot of people will cringe at the fact that McCoy is getting so much money at his age and all, but he has been with us for a long time and at one point being one of only few buc players that was respected around the league, there’s no denying that he has also been a great human being and community contributor so I look at this as a respect thing by the front office…Obviously, the money could have been nice to have, but we have a veteran back on the defensive line and if Arians and… Read more »

SelmonRules1000

They have too many holes to fill in too many other areas. They save 15 million by cutting Jackson, Unrein, and Benenoch. Two suck and one wants to leave. That move doubles their current cap space from 15 million to 30 million. If you want to franchise Smith for 14 million you can and still have around 16 million to work with. There is a whole array of backup LBs and DLs that I do not know what to do with. The big three LBs Kwon, Beckwith, and David are obvious. God only knows about all the other backup LBs… Read more »

tpeluso

Good. Never should have even been a question whether or not to keep him. He’s still one of the best players on our D and hopefully the new scheme will free him up to rack up some numbers instead of him being the guy in the trenches.

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BigSombrero

Ummmm, he plays in the trenches. That’s where all defensive tackles play.

EXCUSE CANNON : PREPARE TO FIRE!!

“Hopefully the new scheme will free him up to rack up some numbers instead of him being a guy in the trenches.”

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

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Spitfire

I feel like McCoy would be willing to restructure his deal to be secured in finishing his career here. He will have more success in Bowles Defense. Knowing this year is deep at DT, if we could get his salary down aroun 8-9 mil avg but get his salary around 6 mil this year with 2 year guaranteed it would be a great deal for us and mean we don’t need to draft DT high. And while everyone else will be drafting Dline early, if we can get a Veteran CB in FA, we can draft a Stud LB and… Read more »

BigSombrero

Warren Sapp was know as the “QB Killa”.

Geraldini is known as the “Coach Killa”. The unquestioned leader of some of the worst defenses of all time, not only Bucs history, but NFL history.

He sucks. Oh well, there’s always next next next year. Looking forward to 2020 draft and ANOTHER top 5 pick.

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CaliBucsFan71

I’m convinced. BAB and BigSombrero are one and the same person.

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BigSombrero

I use puntuation and brains DICK!

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BigSombrero

Im still waiting for any poster on here to show some evidence of GMC’s greatness. Ok. He’s nice. I get it. You like him! You really, really like him! And you’re very sensitive to firing nice midwestern boys just because they’re not very good at their job. Ok, fine. But I hope you don’t mind losing. He is a long serving Captain that has compiled a 52-92 record over 2 GMs, 5 HCs, and & DCs. But its not him even though he is always falling down, missing tackles, getting pancaked, etc. He has never lead this defense to any… Read more »

cgmaster27

I as well like gerald but agree wholeheartedly with you. I’m kind of shocked hes back. Especially for the kind of money hes getting. Way too much for a guy producing how he is at this point in his career.

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Dman

Should have traded him before last year’s draft.

In all his time with the Bucs, I’ve NEVER seen this guy show up in the 4th Qtr or have an impact on the outcome of a game. Total waste of $13m.

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Andy Ely

I’m fine with him coming back. But they really need to restructure his deal so they can add a few pieces around him on defense

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Brandonges

Good move. This defense didn’t need any more holes.

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BigSombrero

Good move?? GREAT MOVE!!

This nearly guarantees Tampa will have the #1 overall pick in the 2020 draft which should be very strong at the QB position! A look ahead to a year from now after the 2019 disaster:

Licht Fired. Hooray!
BA retires again. Leftwich/Bowles fired. What were we thinking?! Hooray!
Winston not resigned. Hooray!
D. Smith not resigned. Hooray!
Geraldini cut. Hooray!
D.Jax not resigned. Hooray!
Dotson retires. Hooray!
Jensen cut. Hooray!

Charlie Campbell at WalterFootball agrees kindof…
http://walterfootball.com/draft2020.php

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BigSombrero

The TUA Sweepstakes has just begun!

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Brandonges

Does it ever get tiring being an insufferable asshole?

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BigSombrero

You didn’t laugh at any of these posts? And then name calling?

Does it ever get tiring being a humorless, vapid, boorish dud?

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BigSombrero

Sorry, I’ll translate…stuffy, dull, uncivilized loser.

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Ivan Figueroa

Grow up

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macabee

I’m fine with him coming back too. Whether there is any type of restructure or not is of little consequence now. A restructure can be done anytime during the year if need be. And the Bucs have Mike Greenberg , one of the best capologist in the NFL. I trust the Bucs to navigate the off season whitewater! What I’m trying to figure out is why is FS Tyrann Mathieu applauding the move? Stay tuned Buc fans. lol.

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martinii

I agree mac, McCoy has played many years when he had very little help on that D-line. He has constantly looked at double teams and most teams have to game plan around him. You don’t get selected to the number of Pro Bowls he’s gone to by your peers for being a loser. The guy with the film need only focus on other players who for one reason or another are away from the play, or miss an occasional tackle. In other words it’s easy to point out an occasional flaw in player if you really try, He should point… Read more »

macabee

I understand why some fans feel the way they do. But I have to trust the new coaching staff. I can’t ask for BA to be hired and before the first snap is made second guess his decisions. Time will tell. If he doesn’t meet expectations, the Bucs can cancel the contract immediately with no ramifications. They are in the driver’s seat. They really don’t need to rush anything now. I’m not suggesting the Bucs do this, but when would be the best time to negotiate a restructure? Now or the first week of the season when rosters have been… Read more »

BigSombrero

The Bucs know what they’re doing? Yes. Thelma and Louise also knew what they were doing.

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SelmonRules1000

One more screw up draft like last years draft the GM could be gone and the coaching staff could be the ones still remaining.

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dexfields22

Culture change huh???

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BigSombrero

The definition of insanity is…

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BucNnole

You’re not lying ! I don’t get what the obsession is with McCoy.

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BigSombrero

For all the fans of Aaron Donald who were mad that the Bucs didn’t draft him in 2014 when Lovie Smith took over and they took Mike Evans instead, consider this: They couldn’t take Donald because Lovie was very happy with what the Bucs had in GMC. Was Lovie and Licht right? Let’s compare their careers… In 5 years with the Rams, Aaron Donald has started 74/78 games he participated in. This does not include the 2 games missed from injury. He has 59.5 sacks and never less than 8.0 sacks in a season. He has 263 tackles, 97 tackles… Read more »

BigSombrero

Fire up the MCCOY EXCUSE CANNON Buccaneer fans! Lets show this new coaching staff how its done! I hope they’re fast learners because they’ll be fired soon! Greatest Hits Include: “He gets double teamed! Triple teamed! QUADRUPLE TEAMED!!” “He has to learn a new scheme every year!! Sometimes in mid season when the coordinator is fired!” “He doesn’t have any good players around him!” “Offensive coordinators are staying up all night game planning against (just)him!” “It’s (insert GM name here) fault!” “It’s (insert coaches name here) fault!” “It’s (insert division rival team name here) fault! They are better than us!”… Read more »

SelmonRules1000

For most of his career he has been playing up there by himself on a bad team and still making many pro bowls. Until JPP showed up they have had to be creative to get any sacks besides what GMC was getting. It is true GMC is on a downward slide but one more year makes sense. When this year is over…Ohhh Nelly! JPP, GMC, Nassib, Allen, Spence all could be gone. I wonder if Licht is ever going to figure out how to field an OL and a DL in one year. He has been at it for a… Read more »

SelmonRules1000

Apples and Oranges comparison. Hell Evans could end up being Licht’s greatest pick for his entire time as a GM at the BUCs. Winston is not the most accurate or precise QB. There is no telling how many times the tall basketball receiver Evans has saved Winston’s day. If you are good, you can draft Evans and still do something about both lines, especially when you are on the job for 5 years, Licht. Copied from Wiki: Licht was officially introduced at One Buc Place on January 23, 2014. In his first news conference, Licht talked about his philosophy: “Our… Read more »

skipper

Compare the draft picks, Evans or Donald. Both have excelled. There is a reason McCoy has been selected to many pro bowls.

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BigSombrero

The reason McCoy was voted to the ProBowl is the same reason Kim Kardashian has a net worth of 200 million.
Fans are idiots.

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BigSombrero

Ive been drinking many drinks tonight. Started at 6:30. Bummed about this awful news as a lifelong Bucs fan. Pardon my obtuse comparison to a socialite who has little value to the world other than nude pics and videos.

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SelmonRules1000

Her backside is legendary! Nice thick rich hair as well! She is not paid to be real!

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SelmonRules1000

They need him one more year. You can get nearly 15 million in savings by cutting Jackson, Unrein, and Benenoch. Two of them suck and one is not working out. There is your franchise tag for Smith.

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Pit of misery

Great News love GMC!

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BucNnole

What are with all these positive comments. Has anyone watched the games? I don’t care what the stats say. He isn’t worth the money and he’s a big pussy. Always rolling around on ground after plays, coming back in and going out. He gets “hurt” just about every play. I can not think of one time in his career he has taken over a game or made a meaningful play at a critical part of the game. I want people on this team that hate to loose like Kwon. Geraldine doesn’t care you can see it all over his losing… Read more »

BigSombrero

BucNnole: If you’re interested, I put together a compilation of GMC’s greatest plays. Admittedly, it’s only about 2 minutes long, but I think you’ll enjoy it!

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SelmonRules1000

He ain’t no Sapp, but damn dude he is better than what you are saying!

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Schwifty9

Terrible decision if true. Especially if there is no restructuring of his deal. It’s poor allocation of resources plain and simple. The 31 year old version of Gerald McCoy simply is not worth 13 million dollars when we have a ton of other holes to fill and especially when the upcoming draft is loaded to the brim with immensely talented prospects at DT.

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SelmonRules1000

There are people worse on the team that are getting around 2 million each next year. They are either God Awful or sat out the entire year with injuries. Some like Jackson want to leave now. Cut Jackson, Unrein, and Benenoch and you add 14.95 million to the cap. Hell if you want LT Smith back that bad, 14 million is his estimated franchise tag. There are the three places where you can get that 14 million. I want Humphries back, but according to the articles the BUCs are offering only 6 million and Hump’s camp wants 8 million. You… Read more »

Horse

This move helps as to the talent on this team. Looks like the coach feels good about a lot of players. This is a good thing! Go Bucs!

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seat26

If they didn’t restructure his contract, they will be forced to cut several other younger promising players, and it will severely limit their efforts to sign any other free agents. I like McCoy, but not at 13 million. In a couple of years, both he and JPP will be gone. They need to be thinking ahead. I guess this means the first pick will be an offensive lineman.

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SelmonRules1000

Jackson, Unrein, and Benenoch and you add 14.95 million alone. It is nuts to be paying Benenoch around 2 million this year.

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BigSombrero

Keeping him means losing other younger players who had better production at other positions. Its just my opinion.

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SelmonRules1000

Brother, WHO!?!?! There is JPP the first plus 10 sack sice God knows when. He is not younger. There is the mid season trade of Nassib he already has some years under his belt and is on a regular contract from the Browns for another year. I am mentioning people that have done something last year. There is Vita Vea who really did not do anything last year. Vea has a chance to correct that this year. It is possible that there is signs of life with Vea. Vea is the only young player I can think of on the… Read more »

seat26

I guess that means Brate, Smith, Alexander, and Humphries are gone. Hmm.

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SelmonRules1000

Why would Brate be gone. He just got a contract. He is injured. So unless he is not coming back from that injury, he is not going anywhere.

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SelmonRules1000

Agree with the move. Too many holes to fill in other areas. Cancel Jackson, Unrein, and Benenoch and you add 14.95 million to the cap space to do other things. Jackson wants to go and is not connecting with Winston. The other two just plain suck.

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Lord Jameis Christ

Gerald should take a pay cut. For the team

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fredster

If he stays I just hope they restructure his contract in a more cap friendly manner or he takes pay cut because he is absolutely not worth 13 million per year now. I’m not a huge McCoy fan but not going to say he sucks either. My biggest grip is I don’t think he’s that passionate about winning or really hates losing. If he is he sure doesn’t show it. He does not make big plays at big moments or take over a game either. He’s just better than average at this point in career. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit… Read more »

fredster

Bucnole that was pretty funny and it is true he comes out way too much imo. Lol. JPP plays almost every play hurt or not. Bottom line is I don’t believe the guy hates losing. He gets his paycheck and plays.

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surferdudes

Bigsombrero taking some flack. I feel your pain bro. If retained the great debate of McCoy just needs more help, or the coaches suck will continue for a decade. I was hoping the Bucs would blow the whole thing up this year. New G.M., who would find the next great HC, would purge the roster of all the high priced career losers, someone who would point the franchise in a new direction of sustained success. What we got is reload, not rebuild. We got a 66 year old HC who had to pass a physical to get the job. We… Read more »

Captain Sly

This was a good move by the team, they didn’t want to leave the middle of the defense open to a rookie. Mcoy solidifies the middle and turns what would have been a weakness into a strength. Mcoy will continue to mentor Vea and eventually pass the baton. Solid move by this staff!

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Dbuc63

If I may, Let’s pose this question, If McCoy was cut and a free agent, “what do you think he would get paid if picked up by another team”? If you answer less than $13 million and the fact that the Bucs have the cap they do, why would you keep him? Perhaps this is just a unconfirmed report to draw in interest from another team to get the best value for him or as macabee suggested keep him after all final cuts are made and then approach McCoy with restructure..? Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet.… Read more »

chefboho

Agreed. It could be a ploy to keep his trade value up. If the Bucs were to say he could be cut or released, why would a team give up possible draft pics for a guy they could pick up once waivers start? I like McCoy, but certainly not for $13 million. I’m in the same boat as some other people. When is the last time he’s taken over a game? Has he ever? And I don’t want to hear that he doesn’t have help. Yes, this is partly true, but on last years stats, he was single blocked over… Read more »

Captain Sly

I love your question Dbucs63 because it speaks to value. McCoy’s value to the Bucs is higher than let’s say the Rams with Suh and Donald. So not every team will pay the same for the same player. Cowboys traded this year’s 1st rd pick to Oakland for Amari Copper a good WR, Do you think he’s worth a 1st Rd pick to the Bucs?

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drdneast

Macabee, you always sound so sane and reasonable it makes me wonder why you post out here with the rest of .lunatics, not to even mention those on a higher level of insanity like BucAss and BigSombrero.

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BigSombrero

@drdneast : Thanks for the shout out! Over the years, I’ve read many of your posts. You have a long history of agreeing with me if you go back and look! I’m pissed about the prospect of keeping McCoy because he isn’t good anymore. He just isn’t. Most people on here talked about how he needed one more year last year. Ok. We saw how that worked out. Keeping McCoy means younger/better pieces that have bright futures will move on to succeed elsewhere. It’s just inevitable. Kwon, Hump, D.Smith are FA’s that will command top money. JPP, L.David, and Brate… Read more »

Buc-Up

I would still ask him to restructure it to help out the CAP situation so they can resign our own guys plus some FA’s.

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