Bucs Shopping DT Gerald McCoy, Teams Not Showing Much Trade Interest

Bucs Shopping DT Gerald McCoy, Teams Not Showing Much Trade Interest

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was once a menacing force, but his dominance has diminished over time.

Or at least, that seems to be how the other 31 NFL teams see him, because he doesn’t seem to be much generating much interest for a trade from Tampa Bay to another club.

McCoy did not report to the first day of the Bucs’ offseason workouts, which could mean a couple of things. Going forward, he may not be a good fit for new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and his 3-4 scheme, or the cost of keeping him may not match the output that Tampa Bay needs.

Coach Bruce Arians says that McCoy hasn’t been ruled out from contributing to his retooled Bucs, but he needs to evaluate the star for himself.

“He’s not as disruptive as he was four years ago,” head coach Bruce Arians about McCoy. “But he’s still pretty disruptive. He’s still a good player….I got to evaluate him. I mean, guys at a certain age, it’s different. Usually, the age they get paid the most and production (doesn’t) match. We’ve got to find that out.”

The stats show that McCoy still has some good juice left in his tank. The question is, how much? While his 21 quarterback hits last season ranked him No. 4 among the league’s defensive tackles, can he repeat that or improve it enough to justify his price tag? Those are just some of the questions swirling through GM's minds around the league.

(via Pro Football Rumors): McCoy’s contract is the true barrier to a possible trade, as it’s unclear if any club would be interested in taking on his $13MM base salary for the 2019 season. He’s under contract through 2021, with cap charges north of $12MM in each of the next two years. If the Bucs trade or release McCoy, they’d clear his entire $13MM figure from their books, which is critical given the team ranks last in the NFL in available cap space (~$1.795MM).

On top of his pay, the reality is that McCoy is 31 years old and plays a position that takes a brutal toll on the body. The last time he played a full 16-game season was in 2013, and despite his ability to pressure the quarterback, he hasn’t ranked among the league’s top 10 in four years.