CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Browns have asked for the former Bucs All-Pro defense against Gerald McCoy, as Odell Beckham has already advocated to cleveland.com.
Now that McCoy has been released by the Bucs As Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times first reported on Monday, the Browns are interested in possibly signing him.
When he was signed with $ 13 million a year in 2019, the Browns were not interested in acting for him, a league source told cleveland.com. But now that they can negotiate the terms of the deal, the Browns are at least considering the possibility.
They will not get a fight from their star receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who has met McCoy several times in the Pro Bowl. McCoy is a six-time Pro Bowler and Beckham a three-time timer.
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McCoy, who has never made it into the playoffs yet, wants to play for a competitor, and the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots is interested, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
He's just the kind of player Bill Belichick likes to buy – a seasoned pro bowler who can play a key role and get the right price. It is a major reason why the Patriots were perennial competitors without high drafts.
But the Browns would also be an attractive landing place for McCoy, because of all the new talent, including the defensive line, where the Browns have added Olivier to the end, tackling Vernon and Sheldon Richardson. They also have Pro Bowl pass rusher Myles Garrett preparing for another big season with an improved minor cast.
McCoy, who has had at least five sacks in the past seven seasons, would likely get an immediate startup job alongside Richardson or Larry Ogunjobi.
He will also have other admirers, and the teams could possibly join a bidding war.
The browns claim less than $ 14 million for fourth place in the NFL, according to spotrac.com, and $ 33 million for top 51 contracts, according to the site. The Patriots, who are near the lower end of the NFL, would have to clear some space.
It will also depend on where McCoy wants to play and where he has the best chances for the playoffs For the first time in 10 seasons. Here, other pro bowlers like Beckham will come in handy. If Cleveland is good enough for the superstar receiver, maybe it's good enough for a three-time All-Pro first-team like McCoy.
Since 2010, McCoy has recorded 54.5 sacks, 296 tackles, 79 defeats, and 140 quarterback hits. His bag amounts to since 2010 in the NFL in fourth place among the defensive duels.
McCoy, 31, was not long for the Bucs, at least not with 13 million dollars a year at the NFL annual meeting in March.
"It's not as annoying as it was four years ago," said new Bucs coach Bruce Arians at the annual coaching breakfast. "He's still a good player and if he's here, it's our first three [technique] No doubt."
He added, "Is price and productivity the same? We need to find out." [McCoywentonInstagramonMay5toanswerthecritiqueinavideo:"CincodeMayoeverybodyoutyou'reprobablygettingreadytodrinkIguessI'mdrinkingrightnownomatter"McCoysaidinthevideo"YouwanttoaskmeI'lldothatonCincodeMayoIworkIwork"
"Oh, and I have my children with me. How many people do that? All-Pro on and off the field. Will you question me, the hell? Will he be ready? Does he love football? You're crazy, lost the mind, I work, never ask. "