TAMPA — There’s been speculation that if Gerald McCoy plays for the Bucs this season, it may not be for the $13 million he is owed for 2019.
That money is not guaranteed and Bucs coach Bruce Arians has openly questioned whether after nine seasons McCoy’s production matches his compensation. Furthermore, the team has remained non-committal when asked about McCoy’s future with the team.
But to date, the Bucs have had no discussions about McCoy re-negotiating his contract to remain with the team.
Not surprisingly, McCoy was not among the players attending the start of the Bucs’ organized team activities Tuesday. He also missed the first two phases of the voluntary offseason workout program.
A few days ago, McCoy would not address his future with the Bucs. “I will be playing football somewhere,” McCoy told Spectrum Bay News 9’s Mike Cairns. Asked if he’ll be playing in Tampa Bay, McCoy added, “I don’t know. We’ll see. ... The fans know I love them. I’ll be on the field at some point."
Apparently, he might not be on the field during the organized team activities, either. The next marker will be the mandatory minicamp June 4-8. Ironically, if McCoy doesn’t show up for that, the Bucs could fine him.
McCoy, 31, has three three years remaining on his contract with the Bucs and is still owed just under $39 million. But the Bucs will accrue no dead money on their salary cap by releasing him.
Reports have continued from the Canton Repository that the Cleveland Browns are interested in acquiring McCoy.
Arians has not only questioned McCoy’s production but also said wanted to see if he still had the same enthusiasm for the game. By all accounts, McCoy has worked extremely hard this offseason with trainer Todd Durkin and appears leaner. He fired back in on Instrgram on May 5, saying, “I work. Don’t you ever question me.”