Christian McCaffrey has been virtually unstoppable this season, and his Carolina Panthers teammates are still in awe of what he is able to accomplish on a weekly basis. On Sunday, Gerald McCoy had a great way of expressing that.
McCoy was mic’d up for the Panthers’ game against the New Orleans Saints, and the defensive lineman told the NFL Films crew on the sideline that McCaffrey is the “most skilled white dude in NFL history.” He also called McCaffrey a “bad white boy.”
“That’s a bad white boy right there… Most skilled white dude in NFL history.”
It’s rare for a non-quarterback to win the NFL MVP Award, but McCaffrey is a legitimate candidate. He already had over 1,500 total yards from scrimmage and 14 touchdowns entering Sunday, and that was in just 10 games.
The Carolina Panthers beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 37-26 in London on Saturday, which spelled sweet revenge for Gerald McCoy.
McCoy was let go by the Bucs during the offseason because they did not want to pay his lofty $13 million salary. The six-time Pro Bowler decided to sign with the Panthers for less money just so he could have a shot at beating his former team.
In Week 2, the Panthers lost a Thursday night game to the Bucs. In Week 6, they got revenge with the London win. And according to McCoy, some of his advice to his teammates helped them give Jameis Winston a tough time.
The Baltimore Ravens brought McCoy in for a visit and reportedly offered him a one-year deal. McCoy signed with the Panthers, on a deal that reportedly contained less guaranteed money than Baltimore offered. Being in the same division as the Buccaneers and the opportunity to play against them twice next season appears to be a reason McCoy is now a Panther.
McCoy texted me "See you Week 2!!'' You may not hear McCoy say it, but the chance to play Tampa Bay twice…to say nothing of the #Bucs giving away his No. 93 to Ndamukong Suh, may have tipped the scales in the Panthers' favor.
NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport also says McCoy wanted to stay in the South and wasn’t so sure about the cities of Baltimore and Cleveland. McCoy also reportedly liked the vibe from his visit with Carolina.
McCoy spent the first nine seasons of his career with Tampa Bay after being selected No. 3 overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. He still had three years remaining on his contract at the time of his release. The Buccaneers didn’t take long to seemingly find McCoy’s replacement. Not only did they sign Ndamukong Suh, but Suh took McCoy’s old jersey number. It’s not hard to see why McCoy might have September 12 and October 13 — the days Carolina plays against Tampa Bay — circled on his calendar.
McCoy was also negotiating with the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens, but ultimately he decided to remain in the same division where he has spent his entire nine-year NFL career. Playing for the Panthers will give him a chance to go up against his former team twice next season, which Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports was a factor.
One thing that became clear in this process: Gerald McCoy wanted to stay in the South, where it’s familiar, rather than Baltimore or Cleveland. Loved both teams, wasn’t sure about both cities. That and the chance to play against his former team twice…
Ndamukong Suh has worn the same jersey number since he left the Detroit Lions to sign with the Miami Dolphins back in 2015, and he is not planning to find a new one out of respect for the man he is replacing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
As ESPN’s Adam Schefter notes, Suh has decided to wear No. 93 with the Bucs, which is the same number Gerald McCoy wore there for nine seasons.
New Buccaneers’ DT Ndamukong Suh will wear No. 93 – the same number Gerald McCoy wore during his time in Tampa Bay.
Suh wore No. 90 for the first five seasons of his career in Detroit, and there will be some people who say he should have gone back to that rather than slipping right into McCoy’s jersey. McCoy was a fan favorite during his time in Tampa and is one of the best defensive players in Bucs history, but Suh obviously doesn’t think much of the nostalgia. Given the reputation of the guy we are talking about, that shouldn’t come as a huge shock.
Mayfield has frequently shown himself to be an eager recruiter when it comes to things like this, and he’s clearly hoping their shared Oklahoma ties prove helpful here. McCoy is reportedly down to three finalists, of which the Browns are one, but they face stiff competition from two other potential contenders.
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.
With his visit to the #Panthers over, free agent DT Gerald McCoy will take the weekend to make a decision. It doesn’t sound like a call is imminent right now. He’s visited the #Browns, #Ravens and Carolina, and could join either in time for minicamp.