A former player that wants back with the Buccaneers
Gerald McCoy should want to rejoin his former team, and in his position, who wouldn’t feel the same? After being one of the best players on a bad team for almost a decade, the team cuts bait with you only to replace you with your biggest competitor, and that same team now has the Lombardi Trophy.
Yes, McCoy could’ve taken a pay cut to stay with the team that drafted him, but this should never have been a requirement. He went to other teams to get paid, which is the primary goal for any athlete, and now he needs a new team to join in 2021.
Like Alexander, McCoy has been injury-prone in recent seasons and is far from a sure thing. His best bet would be to go on a very cheap deal wherever would take him, which could put Tampa on the table if the stars aligned.
Fans should be more than fine to see one of their former captains and leaders return on a veteran minimum contract to push some of the rookies in a depth role, but it would mostly be on McCoy to decide whether or not that is the way he wants to end his career.
Some teams still could use a talent like McCoy in a rotational role, but he does not have a large contract coming his way wherever he signs.