TAMPA — Gerald McCoy will visit the Cleveland Browns Friday, the only team that has gone longer than the Bucs without a playoff appearance.
The Browns are considered a rising team thanks to the arrival of Baker Mayfield and the off-season trade of receiver Odell Beckham Jr., from the New York Giants.
General manager John Dorsey announced McCoy’s visit during a press conference Thursday to celebrate the Browns’ landing of the 2021 NFL draft.
"He’s a good player,'' Dorsey said of McCoy. "Like I’ve always told y’all, I will turn over every stone. He’s coming to visit Cleveland tomorrow.''
McCoy has the Browns and Ravens on his short list, according to Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com. The New England Patriots reportedly are not in the mix at this time, according to reports.
While the Browns are not considered the front-runners to land McCoy, it’s noteworthy that he is beginning his free agent tour there.
"It’s a chance to us to kind of get a chance to meet each other one on one and let’s find out who Gerald is,'' Dorsey said. "And it also gives Gerald a chance to see who the Cleveland Browns are and what direction we’re headed. With regards to his ability to play the game of football, he can still play the game of football.
The Browns recently signed defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson to a three-year, $37-million deal.
McCoy is familiar with Browns offensive coordinator Todd Monken, who had the same job in Tampa Bay the two previous seasons. "I think a lot of Gerald,'' Monken told reporters Wednesday. "He was an outstanding football player for us and he’s had a tremendous career. I like Gerald a lot.''
McCoy, 31, was released Monday after nine seasons with the Bucs. Tampa Bay decided not to honor his $13 million salary for 2019.
With Ndamukong Suh agreeing to a one-year, $9.25-million contract with the Bucs Thursday, it’s unlikely McCoy will come cheap.
While the Ravens went 10-6 and won the AFC North last season, they lost in the first round to the Los Angeles Chargers. The Cincinnati Bengals are also in the running, according to Cleveland.com.
Ironically, while McCoy has expressed in interest in joining a playoff team, the Browns haven’t reached the postseason since 2002 when they lost in the wild-card round.