Gerald McCoy has multiple teams that are interested in signing him, and the veteran defensive tackle is expected to make a decision in the near future.
McCoy visited with the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens and Carolina Panthers over the past week, and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that he will choose between one of those three teams. The 31-year-old could make his decision as early as this weekend.
Rapoport said on NFL Network that the Ravens are confident they can sign McCoy, and we know the same is true of the Browns. Cleveland head coach Freddie Kitchens said as much when discussing McCoy earlier in the week. The Panthers also just had one of their veteran players take a sizable pay cut, and that could put them in position to add McCoy.
McCoy was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this month, and he said he feels reinvigorated by a dietary change he made. Teams obviously believe he still has plenty of good football left.
Gerald McCoy visited Cleveland last week and left town without a contract agreement, but Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens remains confident in the team’s chances of signing the star defensive tackle.
Kitchens was asked by reporters on Thursday if he is optimistic the Browns can sign McCoy, to which he simply replied, “I am.” He also said his meeting with McCoy last Thursday and Friday “went as good as it could.”
“I like the kid,” Kitchens said, per Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. “I like the person, of course I like the player, but more importantly just getting know the kid and I really like him.”
There has been no shortage of interest in McCoy since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released him, and he visited with the Baltimore Ravens and Carolina Panthers after stopping in Cleveland. Kitchens said the Browns welcome him weighing all of his options.
“We want Gerald to go out and look at other places because when he makes the commitment here, we want him to be all in because everybody that’s going to be here is gonna be all in and that’s what we need to get to where we’re going,” Kitchens said.
It should be a good sign for the Browns that McCoy took his first visit with them, and reports have made it seem like they are the front-runners to sign him. Cleveland has certainly become a more appealing destination for free agents with all the big acquisitions they have made this offseason, and it would not be a surprise if McCoy wanted to be a part of what they are building.
Free agent defensive lineman Gerald McCoy is keeping his recruitment process open a little longer.
McCoy will visit with the Carolina Panthers, according to Joseph Person of The Athletic, after taking visits with both the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens.
It had been thought that the two favorites were the Browns, who got McCoy’s first visit, and the Ravens, who had a lengthy visit with him. Carolina clearly believes they can crash the party with a late run at him, which will come as unwelcome news to the two AFC North teams they’re competing with for McCoy’s services.
The Carolina Panthers could look to beef up their defensive line with a late entry into a free agent sweepstakes.
According to Joe Person of The Athletic, the Panthers have intensifying interest in lineman Gerald McCoy, who was recently released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It is not yet clear whether or not McCoy will visit the team.
McCoy has met with the Cleveland Browns and is also taking a lengthy visit to the Baltimore Ravens. It has been widely expected that he will ultimately sign with one of those two teams, but if the Panthers are serious — especially financially — McCoy will probably end up hearing them out.
Gerald McCoy’s free agent visit with the Baltimore Ravens will last an extra day.
McCoy arrived at the Ravens’ facility on Tuesday afternoon and then went to dinner with the team’s coaches and players. The visit was said to be going well, and Baltimore was hoping to lock him up before the visit ends.
ESPN’s Jamison Hensley reported that the visit will last until Wednesday morning.
McCoy became a free agent after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers parted ways with him last week rather than pay his $13 million salary. Several teams have shown interest in the 31-year-old defensive lineman, who has been a six-time Pro Bowler.
His first visit as a free agent was with one of Baltimore’s division rivals.
Gerald McCoy left Cleveland without a deal on Friday, but that does not mean the defensive lineman won’t eventually be a member of the Browns.
According to Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com, McCoy’s visit went “great,” but he did not sign in order to keep a commitment to visit the Baltimore Ravens next week. McCoy has a good relationship with Baltimore defensive line coach Joe Cullen and is intrigued by their status as the league’s No. 1 defense in 2018.
However, the Browns are the top suitor along with Baltimore, and it remains possible he could join Cleveland next week.
The Browns got the first visit with McCoy and clearly made a good impression. They’d have loved to have get him signed before leaving the building, so they’ll hope their sales pitch was enough to keep him away from a division rival in the Ravens.
Gerald McCoy has received plenty of interest on the open market now that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released him, and the defensive tackle says he is feeling like a new man heading into 2019 after adopting a new dietary lifestyle.
McCoy told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that he feels reinvigorated by going vegan.
Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times also mentioned McCoy’s vegan diet after the veteran was released by the Bucs, noting that McCoy has slimmed down and says the swelling in his news has decreased. Whatever McCoy is doing, teams obviously don’t have concerns about it. There were as many as 10 teams said to be interested in him at one point, and Stroud reports that the 31-year-old has received some offers as high as $11 million per year.
McCoy is not the first NFL player to adopt a vegan lifestyle, though there seems to always be some level of concern associated with it. If the offers McCoy is receiving are any indication, he must be staying in plenty good shape without consuming animal products.
Gerald McCoy apparently has his eye on one team above others in free agency.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday told McCoy they were planning to release him. The six-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman is telling teams he will visit the Cleveland Browns first, according to NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo.
This outcome is not too surprising considering the Browns were reported to have interest in trading for him.
Cleveland is switching to a 4-3 defense, which will necessitate more defensive linemen. They’re already pretty stacked with Olivier Vernon, Sheldon Richardson, former No. 1 pick Myles Garrett, as well as interior man Larry Ogunjobi. McCoy would give them even more depth and versatility.
Garafolo says the Carolina Panthers and Cincinnati Bengals also have interest in McCoy. McCoy had 28 tackles and six sacks in 14 games last season.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are releasing Gerald McCoy but reportedly have interest in a potential replacement.
The Bucs informed McCoy on Monday of their plans to release him, The Tampa Bay Times’ Rick Stroud reports. They reportedly are interested in free agent Ndamukong Suh as a potential replacement.
Tampa Bay apparently worked with McCoy on the matter and wants him to find a suitable home. They gave his agent permission to talk with other teams.
The two sides seemed destined to part ways. McCoy was set to make $13 million this season, which is an amount Tampa Bay did not want to pay. The team was looking to trade him but apparently did not find a partner because other teams did not want to pay that amount and surrender an asset to get him on top of that. If he is going to take a pay cut, it would be for a championship contender. There is an up-and-coming AFC team was said to have interest in the six-time Pro Bowler.
McCoy, 31, had not been participating in off-season activities for Tampa Bay. The defensive lineman had 28 tackles and six sacks in 14 games last season.
The Cleveland Browns are building a contender for 2019 and may not be done making big moves.
The Canton Repository’s Steve Doerschuk reported on Monday that Browns GM John Dorsey has interest in trading for Gerald McCoy.
McCoy is owed $13 million for the upcoming season and could be moved by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in order to clear some salary cap space. He has reportedly been on the trade block, which likely explains why he hasn’t attended the team’s voluntary workouts.
The question is whether the Browns would trade for him. They added Olivier Vernon and Sheldon Richardson to their defensive line and already have former No. 1 pick Myles Garrett, as well as interior man Larry Ogunjobi. Is McCoy a necessity or luxury when they already have a stacked group? Switching to a 4-3 defense, Dorsey may believe adding McCoy to the mix would be helpful in giving them excellent depth.
If the Browns do look to trade for McCoy, running back Duke Johnson has been mentioned as a possible trade chip.