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.
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.
Panthers’ interest in Gerald McCoy has intensified, per league source. No word yet on whether he will visit. From Sunday:https://t.co/48cE8lBVhV
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.
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.
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.
Source says #Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens had plans for dinner with free agent DT Gerald McCoy last night. As I also mentioned on NFL Live yesterday, McCoy told me over the phone, he feels reinvigorated physically by his vegan lifestyle.
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.
Gerald McCoy has been overwhelmed by the amount of interest he’s received. Ten teams are involved with offers as high as $11-million per year. Glazers could’ve dragged this process out but his release by the Bucs is appreciated by McCoy. He will visit the Browns Fri.
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.
Free agent DT Gerald McCoy has told interested teams he will visit the #Browns first, sources tell me and @RapSheet. Visit to happen in the next day. Among the other interested teams in the former #Buccaneers lineman are the #Panthers and #Bengals.
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.