Tuesday was a big day for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the world found out that quarterback Tom Brady will (reportedly) be joining them in the near future. For what it’s worth, the Dallas Cowboys are set to visit the Bucs in 2021.
One of the greatest Buccaneers in recent memory actually spent last season with the division rival Carolina Panthers. Gerald McCoy has been one of the better interior defensive linemen to play in the NFL over the past decade, and wouldn’t you know that he’s a free agent this offseason.
The Cowboys lost a defensive tackle on Tuesday when Maliek Collins followed Rod Marinelli to the Las Vegas Raiders. Marinelli and the Raiders head coach Jon Gruden won a Super Bowl together in Tampa Bay, and the newest member of the Cowboys spent quite a bit of time with the Buccaneers, too.
The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to terms with DT Gerald McCoy
There is no question that the Cowboys need help along the interior of their defensive line. They have second-year player Trysten Hill, but based on the way his rookie season went he can’t exactly be trusted.
Enter the newest member of the Dallas Cowboys. According to ESPN’s Todd Archer, Dallas has agreed to terms with defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.
The Cowboys have agreed to terms with defensive lineman Gerald McCoy on a three-year deal, according to a source. Like all these deals, it’s pending a physical. McCoy started every game last season for Carolina after a nine-year run with Tampa Bay. He has 59.5 sacks in his career and has recorded at least five sacks in each of the last eight seasons.
McCoy finished 2019 as PFF’s 30th ranked interior defender, the last notable season he recorded was 2017 while still in Tampa Bay. Still though, he presents a lot of promise.
Gerald McCoy has recorded at least five sacks in every season since 2012. That is quite the streak for an interior defensive lineman. What’s more is that McCoy has remained relatively healthy in that same span never playing less than 13 games.
The Cowboys finally landed an outside free agent. Here’s to him helping their defense and doing so very soon.
Update: March 18th, 10:35 AM ET
If you were wondering what type of contract the Cowboys locked down McCoy to, you are going to be happy.
Mentioned on @nflnetwork earlier: Expect DT Gerald McCoy's three-deal with the #Cowboys to come in somewhere in the range of $20 million. So north of $6 million per year.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 18, 2020
That’s a job well done by the Cowboys.