Gerald McCoy, who joined the Cleveland Browns on Friday, told ESPN's Josina Anderson that the team will be "a rival," no matter where it ends up.
"I want to win," said six-time Pro Bowler. "I do not worry about where I live, wherever I have to go to win … Everyone is open."
McCoy was dismissed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday in a financially motivated move. The sides could not reach an agreement on his salary of $ 13 million, none of which was guaranteed. McCoy had three more years left for his deal, which would have kept him on the team by 2021.
1 Brown's general manager John Dorsey said Thursday that meeting with McCoy would be an opportunity for both sides to see if they fit together.
Several other teams are said to be interested in McCoy, who was # 3 overall in the 2010 draft. McCoy is expected to visit Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday, a source confirmed by ESPN's Jamison Hensley. He has a close relationship with Ravens defensive coach Joe Cullen, who coached McCoy in Tampa in 2014/15.
Although McCoy's numbers fell back in 2018, Dorsey said he did not think the player was about to end.  "In terms of his ability to play the football game, he can still play the football game," said Dorsey.
McCoy, 31, had six sacks in 2018 and a team-led pressure of 21 quarterbacks. When the Bucs went 5/11 and missed the playoffs for the 11th time in a row, he had 54½ sacks in 123 career games, was All-Pro in 2013, and was a Pro Bowl pick each year from 2012 to 2017.
Brown's offensive coordinator Todd Monken spent three seasons in Tampa to lead the Bucs offensive.
"I think many of Gerald," Monken said earlier this week. "Gerald has a tremendous career behind him and has been an outstanding footballer for us, he is a great person."