Dec 15, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) rushes against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Open Talks with Gerald McCoy Over New Contract

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have opened contract negotiations with star defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Rick Stroud of The Times reports that Bucs G.M. Jason Licht contacted McCoy’s agent, Ben Dogra, to initiate talks.

There is hope for an agreement before training camp opens, but Stroud says that no real timetable has been established.

McCoy is one of the faces of the franchise and one of the team’s best players. He’s a two-time Pro-Bowler and is often referred to as the best defensive tackle in the NFL. He is also a captain for the Bucs.

The 26-year-old is scheduled to make $15 million in 2014 and he will become an unrestricted free agent next off-season, unless a new contract can be agreed.

New Bucs head coach Lovie Smith has stressed that signing McCoy long term is a “priority.”

After being drafted third overall in the 2010 NFL draft, he signed a five-year, $55 million deal. McCoy received $20.8 million in guaranteed money.

McCoy has certainly lived up to his rookie deal so far and within the last two years especially, he has transformed into a dominant player. He has 119 tackles in 51 games and has registered 18.5 sacks during his career, including 9.5 in 2013, his best pro season.

While McCoy’s stats may not always add up, his play on the field does not go unnoticed. He is often double-teamed by opposing offenses, often to no avail, and makes game-changing plays for his defense.

Of course, McCoy could leave Tampa, but all signs suggest that he wants to sign long term with the Bucs. There are no details on how many years, and how much money, McCoy could possibly seek.

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  • TheFrasier707

    Give him some $$ don’t go overboard but he’s worth good $$.

  • 65yt

    He definitely deserves a good deal. And he has better business respect then Revis.
    I think he is more of an asset then Revis also.

    • Jayson Kaplan

      Don’t trash Revis for a lack of “business respect” (whatever the hell that even means) unless you are willing to condemn every single NFL team that cuts a player that is under contract. Either the contracts mean something on both ends or they mean nothing. Trashing a player for not respecting his deal is one-sided. All deals are one year deals as far as the team is concerned.

      • 65yt

        When you show up to training camp without a deal finalized, that shows you have respect for the company you work for enough to know that a deal will happen. Maybe you understand the term “good faith?”
        Revis is know for his stubborn business practices demanding only the most money or walking away. That type of business will bite you in the ass when you get older and slower. You end up like Ocho sinco, or T.O.

        • Jayson Kaplan

          Get the facts correct please.

          McCoy is NOT coming to camp without a deal finalized. He’s coming to camp without an extension to that deal finalized. The difference between those two things is significant.

          Don’t lecture me on “good faith” when you can’t read for content.

          Also, you don’t understand the concept of “good faith” negotiations if you think it’s only applicable to a single party in a two-sided deal.

          • 65yt

            Most people know what I mean.
            I know you got your college education, you are now one of those people who are smart enough to accurately repeat what you’re told and follow others.
            And dumb enough to think this makes you smarter than everyone else.
            Last time I checked the NFL and the Owners put forth most the money to make Football happen, players should be happy they were “selected” to play in the professional lucrative sport.
            I posted a comment on FANSIDED a website for fans to chat about football not discus football contract particulars.
            You should try posting on Economic News, you would be more appreciated for your bigger brain there.

          • Jayson Kaplan

            So you’re point is that here on FANSIDED it’s okay to bash players over contract particulars but not the owners because somehow that’s not about football? You’re right, I am smarter than you because that’s a pretty idiotic notion right there.

          • 65yt

            Id say NFL contracts ARE one-sided.
            Players work for the team.
            Contracts are written to have control of where the players can play.
            Players and people like you think that gives them some power, because they are guaranteed money.
            If Contracts were two-sided the players would dictate the position they wanted to play and whether they would be starters or not.
            Take a player out of the game like your buddy Revis, and weeks later no one cares.
            Its teams that win.
            Shut down the NFL or allow an owner to become Bankrupt, and shut the stadium doors, and all players and fans are affected.
            I’d say that’s pretty one-sided.
            Sorry if I mis-spelled some of the words on this “comments” section.
            I do not claim to be a journalist, a commentator, or a professional writer.
            I also do not live in a Fantasy world where I think what is said in a comments box means didley squat to anyone else.
            Take your TROLLING SPELLCHECK NAZISM to someone else’s comments.;)

  • victorbarney