Published: Tue, May 21, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Buccaneers release Gerald McCoy after 9 seasons

Buccaneers release Gerald McCoy after 9 seasons

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday informed defensive tackle Gerald McCoy he will be released, ending his nine-year career in Tampa Bay. He was due $13 million this season, but the Bucs chose to save cap space by releasing him. Jernigan if healthy should make the team, while Ridgeway as a run-stuffer and guy who can allow Cox to rest is also possible.

In 123 games, McCoy has collected 54.5 sacks, 140 quarterback hits and 79 tackles for a loss.

Even with the offseason additions of Sheldon Richardson and Olivier Vernon, it would not surprise me to see Gerald McCoy added to the mix in the very near future.

Atlanta doesn't have a lot of cap space to go make moves, but that doesn't mean the Falcons can't make something work if both sides were interested.

Let the sweepstakes begin and here's to hoping that general manager Tom Telesco will be working the phones to try to land McCoy and bring him to the City of Angels. This is not old for a interior defensive player. During his tenure in Tampa Bay, McCoy was named an All-Pro once in 2013, and made it to six straight Pro Bowls from the years 2012 to 2017.

McCoy's ability to rush the passer is one of his greatest assets.

A veteran like Gerald McCoy would be pivotal to a young defense and make the overall defensive line arguably one of the best in the league.

ESPN's Adam Schefter certainly believes so, as they were mentioned among four other teams as possible suitors for the former All-Pro defensive tackle, who wants to play for a playoff contender.

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