TAMPA — Fed up with some Bucs fans and perhaps coach Bruce Arians wondering if he still has his enthusiasm for football, Gerald McCoy took to Instagram and left a defiant message during his personal workout in Tampa on Sunday.
“Cinco de Mayo,'' McCoy said. "Everybody out, probably getting ready to drink, probably drinking right now. No matter. You want to question me? See what I do on Cinco de Mayo. I work. I work.
“And I’ve got my kids with me. How many people doing that? All-Pro on and off the field. Want to question me? ‘Is he going to be ready? Does he love football?’ What? Y’all crazy. Lost y’all mind. I work. Don’t you ever question me."
In March at the league meetings in Arizona, Arians said that McCoy was "not as disruptive as he was four years ago,'' after reviewing film of the 2018 season in which McCoy had six sacks and led the team with 21 quarterback hits.
McCoy, 31, has not attended the off-season workout program and was a no show for the voluntary minicamp. He is scheduled to earn $13-million this season but none of that money is guaranteed.
Perhaps the "does he love football?'' comment by McCoy is in reaction to Arians saying he needs to see if the six-time Pro Bowl player still plays with enthusiasm.
"It’s very hard because we can’t get in pads,” Arians said in March. "You still see it. You still see his enthusiasm for the game. If he still has all that, I’m fine.''
McCoy has been hanging in limbo for some time with no end in sight. The Bucs clearly don’t plan to let him play for $13-million, but they control his rights. The Bucs have about $1.83-million in salary cap space, which is not enough to sign their draft class. But they don’t need to reach any contract agreements until training camp in July, meaning McCoy could twist in the wind a little longer.
The Bucs have a mandatory minicamp for all players in June and McCoy could be fined for not attending that one if he is still with the team.