The Buccaneers signed McCoy for next to nothing
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Tampa Bay didn’t have much cap space remaining, but they were still able to use a fraction of it to sign one of the past decade’s best running backs. McCoy was dominant for the Eagles, a clear RB1 with the Bills, and maintained his efficiency with the Chiefs while winning a Super Bowl.
Given his age and some of the wear that he has experienced, it is understandable that the Bucs could bring McCoy in for a million dollars for one year.
When evaluating all of the other positions on the roster and the free agents throughout the league, it is hard to find a deal that compares to this. McCoy’s efficiency is still on par with some of the best in the league, and Tampa Bay would have struggled to make the most of their money with anyone else.
This signing does show that the Bucs are willing to do whatever it takes to make sure their roster is prepared for an eventual playoff push. A million dollars is a cheap catalyst to give the Bucs that next edge and that price would be hard to match with another starter with the same product as McCoy.