Bucs coach Bruce Arians on Gerald McCoy: ‘We’ve already moved on’

Arians said the release of the six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle will create salary cap space for more players.
Bucs head coach Bruce Arians is tired of talking about Gerald McCoy. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
Bucs head coach Bruce Arians is tired of talking about Gerald McCoy. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
Published May 21

TAMPA ― Bruce Arians was ready to move on from Gerald McCoy Tuesday, less than a day after releasing the six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle. No time for sentimentality. Nothing to see here.

"As I said yesterday in the statement about Gerald, hoping the best and there’s no need to ask me a question about that,'' Arians sad following the Bucs full-squad organized team activity Tuesday. “I said what I said. Talk to me about the players that are here. And I’m really happy about the ones that are here.”

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The Bucs will gain $13 million of salary cap space, and Arians indicated it will put them in a position to add more players, not necessarily at defensive tackle.

"It doesn’t have to be a defensive lineman,'' Arians said. "Just find one of those missing pieces. We’ve got a couple spots. We’re always looking, waiting for maybe the next guy who gets cut because they’ll start happening again. I always think back to John Abraham and Eric Winston, all those guys we picked up (in Arizona) in June to make our team where it needed to be. So yeah, we’ll be on a constant search.

“It does. It opens up a spot."

One of the players reportedly under consideration to replace McCoy is Rams free agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who is a free agent.

“I can’t talk about him. He’s not on my team,'' Arians said. When reminded Suh is a free agent, Arians said, "He’s a hell of a player so we’ll see.

“Whoever is on the defensive line. I don’t know who’s going to be there in August because this thing changes all the time. To say this is our football team today? Not even close. Not even close."

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When asked how hard it would be for the Bucs to move on from McCoy, Arians said, “We’ve already moved on. Simple as that. I’ve been through this so many times."

But several Bucs players were still coming to grips with the fact that McCoy will no longer be a teammate.

“Gerald is a tremendous player and he’s a tremendous person, too,'' tackle Demar Dotson said. “Not only will be go out of the field and compete, but he’s a good person off the field. He’ll communicate with everybody. You can tell he’s a good family man. He loves his wife and his kids. A good godly Christian man. You know, it’s just unfortunate it’s a business. You know, when your salary starts … you get a high salary and you get to 30 years old, that’s how the business is. One thing about Gerald is he can still play. This organization knows he can still play and everyone across this league knows he can still play. Gerald will be okay.”

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