The months worth of rumors surrounding Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy may finally be coming to a conclusion.
In the wake of all of the swirling rumors surrounding Tampa Bay Buccaneers perennial Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times went on Cleveland’s 92.3 The Fan’s show Bull and Fox to discuss the situation. Cleveland has become intrigued by the McCoy fallout in Tampa Bay as the Cleveland Browns have become the favorite landing spot for him to land.
On Bull and Fox, Stroud stated:
"“He’s looking to get out of Tampa Bay. I think it probably comes to a head this week sometime. I know Gerald [McCoy] thinks he plays for another three to four years. Wherever he goes, they are going to get a guy that is very, very motivated” (via Keith Britton)"
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Last season was the first season in six years where McCoy failed to make the Pro Bowl, and it may have been seven straight had he played a full season as he was on pace to put up better numbers than he did the year before. Regardless of his standing within the organization or the city, McCoy remained the highest graded defensive lineman in Tampa Bay in 2018 according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required).
With his six sack, six tackles for loss, and 21 quarterback hits, McCoy led all defensive tackles in all of these statistics in 2018. In fact, he put up more in each of these three categories than Vita Vea, William Gholston, and Beau Allen combined last season.
To be clear, McCoy hears the noise as well, and he took to Instagram to vent his frustration and to combat the negativity surrounding his name on May 5th:
"“Cinco de Mayo… Everybody out, probably getting ready to drink… You want to question me?… I work…And I’ve got my kids with me. How many people do that? All-Pro on and off the field. Want to question me? ‘Is he going to be ready? Does he love football?’ What? Y’all crazy. Lost Y’all mind. I work. Don’t you ever question me” (via McCoy’s Instagram)."
The third overall pick of the Buccaneers back in 2010 seems to be done in Tampa Bay, and it is just a matter of time before this bizarre situation comes to a close. McCoy is ready to go to work, whether it is Tampa Bay or not, and according to Stroud, he may not have to stress about his future much longer.