As the regular season approaches, the drama of the offseason between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Gerald McCoy still looms; this time Warren Sapp speaks up.
Just when the Gerald McCoy drama with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was on its last breath, another former Buccaneer gave it new life. In a recent interview on the PewterReport’s podcast, former Buccaneers defensive tackle and Hall of Famer Warren Sapp had some words for McCoy after an offseason of dysfunction on both sides of the table.
On the podcast, Sapp began discussing McCoy, his departure from Tampa Bay, and his decision to go onto Undisputed with Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe. In this interview, McCoy stated how he felt disrespected by the Buccaneers for ghosting him throughout the offseason and for immediately giving his number away to Ndamukong Suh.
"“Last time I checked, those were Hall of Famers and champions. We didn’t go to one playoff game with him and not one [expletive] divisional title, so, I think he owes some of those hundred million dollars back in that sense… If you’re going to put it up against the bad [expletive] that run this [expletive] before you, you better put some chips in this game…” (Sapp via PewterReport)."
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Sapp is correct in stating the Buccaneers never made the playoffs in the nine years McCoy resided in Tampa, but how much of the team’s failures can be blamed on the former third overall pick? When Sapp was a Buccaneer, he was surrounded by Derrick Brooks, Ronde Barber, John Lynch, Simeon Rice and more on the defensive side of the football; McCoy got Barber at the end of his career and a shell of Darrelle Revis to play alongside.
McCoy responded on Twitter to Sapp, saying “Ok y’all want my response here it goes……….. God bless you bro!!” (McCoy via Twitter). He also responded via text message to Tampa Bay Times: “That’s cool. Everybody is entitled to their opinion. Moving on” (McCoy via Tampa Bay Times). It would appear McCoy has chosen to take the high road in response to Sapp.
Many of McCoy’s former teammates came to his defense via Twitter yesterday as well, including Jacquies Smith, Kwon Alexander, and Robert Ayers Jr.
During his tenure in Tampa Bay, McCoy was named an All-Pro once in 2013, and made six straight Pro Bowls from 2012 to 2017; he tallied 54.5 total sacks and 79 tackles for loss while wearing the pewter and red. After the Buccaneers moved on from McCoy, he signed a one-year deal in the NFC South division with the Carolina Panthers.
The Buccaneers will see McCoy twice per year, once in week two when they travel to Carolina, and again in London when they meet the Panthers overseas. It could be pretty awkward when McCoy finds his name in the Buccaneers’ Ring of Honor with Sapp when he decides to retire from the NFL.