I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but the “Gerald McCoy to the Seahawks” dream is going to be squashed soon.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said on Wednesday that McCoy has completed his meeting with the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday, just days after he visited the Cleveland Browns. These appear to be the only two teams in strong consideration to land the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle. Rapoport did say that if terms aren’t agreed to by either team, then a third team that’s lurking from the outside would be the Carolina Panthers.
Obviously that entire previous paragraph did not say “Seattle Seahawks” in it, so barring a miracle, it doesn’t look like McCoy is coming to the PNW. In fact, we’ve never even seen a report that they’ve taken interest in him in the first place. McCoy is a six-time Pro Bowl selection with four NFL All-Pro honors (3x first-team, 1x second-team) over the span of his nine-year career. He’s been a great and consistent interior pass-rusher, something the Seahawks could use even more of on the defensive line. Tampa Bay released him earlier this month instead of pay him the $13 million he was due in 2019.
In case you’re wondering, all three teams in the hunt to sign McCoy are also teams slated to play the Seahawks this regular season. Seattle is at Cleveland in Week 6, home to Baltimore in Week 7, and (as usual) at Carolina in Week 15. Oh yeah, and the Browns have former Seahawks DL Sheldon Richardson, while the Ravens have some free safety named Earl Thomas.
As an aside, Ian Rapoport sounds alarmingly like Adam Schefter.