Veteran defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is no doubt a highly coveted free agent after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released him last week. While there’s been no indication that the Seattle Seahawks are in the running for his services, as fans... we can only hope that Seattle is interested and does sign him.
In the meantime, a report has come out that McCoy has already visited and since left the Cleveland Browns without a contract. Talks are still ongoing, and it’d be absolutely terrifying to see a defensive line consisting of Myles Garrett, Sheldon Richardson, and Gerald McCoy. It’s even scarier knowing that the Seahawks are at Cleveland this year, so hopefully the talks lead to “thanks, but no thanks.”
On Tuesday, McCoy will meet with the Baltimore Ravens, who have lost some key faces on their defense such as C.J. Mosley, Terrell Suggs, and Eric Weddle, but they did sign Earl Thomas in free agency, and McCoy would be another potential huge acquisition even as a one-year rental. Again, it’s worth noting that Baltimore plays the Seahawks, although this one is at CenturyLink Field.
Others reportedly interested in McCoy include the Cincinnati Bengals and Carolina Panthers. McCoy apparently wants to play on a contender, so I’m not sure either of those teams fits the bill.
McCoy is a six-time Pro Bowler and one of the best pass-rushing DTs in the game. The 31-year-old has had at least six sacks in each of the last six seasons, and most recently made Second-Team All-Pro in 2016. Seattle could use the interior rush that McCoy provides, and they have the cap space to do so. It’ll no doubt be a very competitive market if they do make a play for him, though.
By the way, the Buccaneers have since effectively replaced McCoy by signing N’damukong Suh to a one-year deal. That means if all goes as planned, Suh will be playing at Seattle on November 3rd when Bruce Arians and the Bucs come to town.