Gerald McCoy leaves a somewhat complicated legacy in Tampa Bay. Some fans were happy to see him leave before the start of last season, yet at the same time, they felt betrayed that he chose to sign with a division rival in Carolina.
In that instance, McCoy’s hands were tied, and all he was trying to do was find a new team to play with. There is a chance that McCoy may have chosen a rival because he received a raw deal from the Bucs, but in the end, he would have never left if Tampa Bay had offered a realistic extension.
McCoy spent nine seasons with the Buccaneers and is likely a lock for the Ring of Honor down the road, joining the two previous Bucs on this list.
During those nine years, McCoy was consistently one of the best defensive players in the NFL. McCoy received his fair share of Pro Bowl and All-Pro selections, but the biggest issue was the supporting cast that fell short on both sides of the ball.
Gerald McCoy will always be one of the best defensive Buccaneers of all time, and the effort he gave to a franchise that never fully committed to winning made him deserving of earning a Super Bowl win.