Ah yes, the big one. Gerald McCoy carries a hefty $13 million contract into the 2019 season, and now at the age of 31, he is more expendable than he has ever been in his illustrious career. The longtime Buc and former first round pick in 2010 has spent the entirety of his career in Tampa Bay and has become a fan favorite. Moving on from McCoy would prove to be one of the more difficult moves that general manager Jason Licht would have to make this offseason.
However, the NFL is a business and for a team like the Buccaneers who are desperate for some cap flexibility, moving on from McCoy may be their best option to gain money to spend in free agency. It makes it even more difficult now that McCoy is owed no guaranteed money and Tampa Bay would not have to eat any dead money by moving on him.
The six-time Pro Bowler cannot seem to get out of the rumor mill this offseason as it has been reported that he will move on, then that he will stay, then that uncertainty remains. He has started 123 games for the Bucs, and he will always be remembered as one, but the clock might be ticking on his time in Tampa Bay.