TAMPA, Fla. — After unsuccessful makes an attempt to commerce him, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have “mutually parted methods” with defensive deal with Gerald McCoy, the workforce stated in an announcement.
A six-time Professional Bowler and arguably the Bucs’ most seen participant over the previous 9 seasons on and off the sphere, McCoy has been a no-show for the Bucs’ offseason program that started final month. Though attendance for the offseason program has all the time been elective, McCoy, who was the third-overall draft choose in 2010 and has all the time been a fixture at these exercises.
McCoy’s departure was first reported by the Tampa Bay Occasions.
The supply of rivalry was McCoy’s $13 million wage in 2019, none of which was assured. He had three years at present remaining on his deal, which might have saved him with the workforce by way of 2021.
The transfer was financially motivated. The Bucs had lower than $2 million in salary-cap area and nonetheless wanted to signal first-round draft choose Devin White.
McCoy had grown pissed off along with his standing in limbo and the truth that the workforce wouldn’t decide to him this offseason, whereas the Bucs did not consider his stage of manufacturing was price the associated fee.
Coach Bruce Arians stated at NFL house owners conferences, “He isn’t as disruptive as he was 4 years in the past, however he is nonetheless a great participant.”
McCoy let loose a few of that frustration in an Instagram publish earlier this month when he stated, “All-Professional on and off the sphere. Wanna query me? The heck? Is he gonna be prepared? Do he love soccer? What?! Y’all loopy. Misplaced y’all thoughts. I work. Do not you ever query me!”