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Bucs Release Gerald McCoy

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released former All-Pro defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.

McCoy, who turned 31 in February, has started at least 13 games in each of the last seven seasons for the Buccaneers. The third overall pick in 2010, McCoy was due $13 million this year and more than $20 million over the two years after that ... but none of that money was guaranteed. The Bucs save all $13 million with this move and take on no dead money in the process.

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5 comments, Last at 28 May 2019, 6:20pm

1 Re: Bucs Release Gerald McCoy

by Sixknots // May 21, 2019 - 9:43pm

So the Bucs may go from McCoy to Suh? I don't get that unless Suh is willing to sign for peanuts.

I do get that the Bucs were hard up against the cap, but they should have seen this coming.

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2 Re: Bucs Release Gerald McCoy

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano // May 22, 2019 - 9:08am

Suh is expected to sign a 1 year deal for less than what McCoy would have made. The upside of Suh vs. McCoy is that he never misses games (not due injury, anyway).

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3 Re: Bucs Release Gerald McCoy

by BJR // May 24, 2019 - 2:42pm

It’s interesting to evaluate Suh’s career, now that it is in its twilight. He has undoubtedly been a consistently very good player, but also fallen some way short of the truly generational player he threatened to be coming up of college. When factoring in the enormous contracts he has been given, along with his reputation as a somewhat malign influence, is it fair to question how much value he has provided to the teams he has represented?

On the other hand it is very possible that his career is largely under appreciated given it has been mostly spent in the wastelands of Detroit and Miami. I don’t know.

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4 Re: Bucs Release Gerald McCoy

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano // May 24, 2019 - 3:33pm

"On the other hand it is very possible that his career is largely under appreciated given it has been mostly spent in the wastelands of Detroit and Miami."

There is some truth to that, but he also didn't quite live up to his pay. After an excellent 2014 season with the Lions and dominant performance in that playoff game, Miami gave him a huge contract. For that kind of money, he needed to be Aaron Donald....but he wasn't quite at that level.

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5 Re: Bucs Release Gerald McCoy

by theslothook // May 28, 2019 - 6:20pm

I think Suh is a victim of the pre-draft hype machine. In some ways, he mirrors Jadaveon Clowney, though I think he's been a better player in than Clowney has.

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