The 31-year-old McCoy, a six-time Pro Bowler and arguably the Bucs' most visible player over the past nine seasons on and off the field, had been a no-show for the Bucs' offseason program that began last month.
Even with McCoy, Tampa hasn't had much luck against the Panthers, though. Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times also wrote that McCoy could be interested in playing for the Patriots. This was the first year that he could be released without the team incurring "dead money" against the salary cap, and the move will add significantly to the team's flexibility under that cap.
Tampa Bay drafted McCoy with the No. 3 pick in the 2010 National Football League draft. He attended Southeast High School in Oklahoma City. McCoy's recorded six sacks in his last two seasons, but his QB hits stayed above twenty in the last two seasons, a stat the Falcons lacked at. There's nobody who can sell McCoy on the idea of joining forces better than Brees. McCoy was later selected as the Buccaneers' Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee for his work through the foundation to help provide low-income single parents with resources for their children.
However, if the Jags feel McCoy offers an upgrade in terms of stopping the rush in addition to his abilities as a pass rusher, they could throw their name in the hat for McCoy's services.
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Outside of Maurice Hurst, there isn't another defensive tackle on Oakland's roster who can create consistent pressure from the interior. Teams weren't fooled about Tampa Bay's intentions and knew they'd get a chance to recruit McCoy as a free agent. It would also be the last ingredient for their deep run this upcoming season.
Los Angeles doesn't appear to have a significant need to upgrade the defensive line as they drafted a pair of players in Jerry Tillery and Cortez Broughton and re-signed Damion Square.
This year will be different for the veteran defensive tackle.