Advertisement
  1. Sports
  2. /
  3. Bucs

Gerald McCoy: ‘I’m going to retire (as) a Buc'

The Panthers defensive end is looking forward to playing his former team but wishes the game were in Tampa
Gerald McCoy, who played nine seasons for the Buccaneers, faces his former team Sept. 12 in Carolina and Oct. 13 in London. [NELL REDMOND | Associated Press]
Published Sep. 10
Updated Sep. 10

TAMPA — Gerald McCoy didn’t like the way his career finished in Tampa Bay with his release after nine seasons, so he plans to write a new ending. The Carolina Panthers defensive tackle says whenever he is done playing, he’ll retire as a Buccaneer.

"I’m going to retire a Buc. I can tell you that now,'' McCoy told reporters in Charlotte Tuesday. "Yeah. What do they do? One day contracts? Ten hour contracts? Whatever. I don’t know what it’s called. I’m going to retire (as) a Buc. I’ve already talked to owners, we’ve already established that. So regardless of where I go, whether I’m here a couple more years, whether I go somewhere else, when I officially retire, I’m going to go and retire as a Buccaneer.''

The Bucs play the Panthers in Charlotte on Thursday Night Football.

MORE McCOY: Columnist Martin Fennelly says the former Bucs DT will stir it up — with hugs, handshakes

McCoy, the third overall pick of the Bucs in the NFL draft out of Oklahoma, was released in May, in part to get out of his $13-million contract for 2019.

The six-time Pro Bowl player had little communication with the Bucs or new coach Bruce Arians during the off-season before his release. He also wasn’t happy that the team gave his No. 93 jersey to free agent Ndamukong Suh.

Among the things McCoy said Thursday:

He would like for Thursday’s game to be in Tampa so he could be “booed.” by Tampa Bay fans, not because fans don’t like him, but that he’s playing a division rival.

He said he was mad at Mike Evans for not having a better game against the 49ers because he’s on his Fantasy Football team.

McCoy said he told quarterback Jameis Winston to keep his head up following a three-interception performance in a 31-17 loss to the Niners.

"I texted Jameis and told him, keep his head up. Media has been trying to tear him down. People are saying, "Ah, same old Jameis.' All this stuff. I just told him, "Keep your head up. It’s the next game.' Not this game. Skip this game and go to the next one. Play bad in this one and then fix it.

"I told him, "Keep your head up. Don’t worry about what they said. We all have bad games.''

Winston said McCoy was a positive influence on him during his career.

MORE BUCS: Season-opening loss amps the urgency when you look at the numbers

However, McCoy didn’t have much to say about Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp, who said recently that the former Bucs star was not a ‘legend,’ among Bucs players and shouldn’t have his number retired.

When asked about his legacy with the Bucs, McCoy said, "Go ask Warren Sapp.''

Bucs Preview 2019

A look ahead at Bruce Arians’ first year in Tampa Bay and a critical season for Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers.





ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. Tim Tebow. [Associated Press)] Associated Press
    Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Tom Jones and Rick Stroud debate Tebow, Dickie V, the first-place Bucs and the Rays playoff chase
  2. Paul Spicer, left, is now a defensive line coach at the University of South Florida. Skyler Fulton, right, is now a wide receivers coach at Portland State University. University of South Florida | Portland State University
    Former Bucs assistants Paul Spicer and Skyler Fulton faced accusations of violence against women before coaching in Tampa Bay under Dirk Koetter, according to a USA Today investigation.
  3. Kevin Minter played linebacker for Todd Bowles in Arizona, was released by Bowles last year when Bowles coached the Jets and is starting Sunday for the Bucs' defensive coordinator when Tampa Bay plays host to the New York Giants. DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times
    When rookie linebacker Devin White went down, the Bucs turned to a player who keeps showing up in Todd Bowles’ defenses.
  4. Cameron Brate (84) tries to get some extra yards during the Bucs' 38-35 loss to the Giants on Nov. 18, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. JULIO CORTEZ  |  AP
    Tampa Bay Times staff picks: What the Bucs have in common this week with the New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys.
  5. New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) looks up at the jumbotron as head coach Pat Shurmur and starting quarterback Eli Manning huddle before an August preseason game. ANDREW MILLS | NJ ADVANCE MEDIA/ANDREW MILLS | NJ ADVANCE MEDIA  |  nj.com
    The Bucs have lost six of their last seven against the Giants and are have lost 12 of their last 15 meetings against rookie quarterbacks.
  6. The Bucs will get their first look at rookie Daniel Jones Sunday when he starts for the New York Giants in a 4:25 p.m. game against Tampa Bay at Raymond James Stadium. FRANK VICTORES  |  AP
    Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Exploring quarterback changes for the New York Giants, Florida Gators and USF Bulls.
  7. Giants quarterback Eli Manning speaks to the media in East Rutherford, N.J., on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. Coach Pat Shurmur announced Tuesday that Daniel Jones, the No. 6 overall pick in the draft, is replacing the two-time Super Bowl MVP as the starter, beginning Sunday at Tampa Bay. TOM CANAVAN  |  AP
    The veteran says he hasn’t thought about asking the team to waive his no-trade clause.
  8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) sacks Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) during the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn) MIKE MCCARN  |  AP
    The outside linebacker recorded three sacks in the the Bucs’ 20-14 win at Carolina.
  9. Linebacker Kevin Minter and the Bucs defense have played well. Can they keep it up? MIKE MCCARN  |  AP
    After two games, the unit has allowed only one touchdown. How do they keep it going?
  10. Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco) BRIAN BLANCO  |  AP
    Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Why things are looking up for the Bucs, UCF and USF football, and maybe not for the Gators and Rays.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement