The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released defensive tackle Gerald McCoy on Monday, ending a nine-year relationship with one of the best linemen in the NFL.
McCoy, who was set to make $13 million in 2019, now becomes one of the most sought-after free agents in the NFL.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, there’s a list of contenders who could be suitors for McCoy:
The Browns, who have already made several notable additions this offseason, make a lot of sense for the six-time Pro Bowler. Cleveland has edge rushers, but the Browns lacking a dominant presence up the middle.
McCoy has recorded at least five sacks in seven consecutive seasons, and is just one year removed from 13 tackles for loss. He totaled six sacks and 21 quarterback hits last season.
New Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is already on board with Cleveland going after McCoy:
There aren’t odds out on McCoy’s next team, but his landing spot could impact NFL regular season win totals. Cleveland, New England, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Dallas and several other teams could benefit in a big way from adding McCoy.
Tampa Bay’s total is set at 6.5 according Sportsbetting.ag. New coach Bruce Arians isn’t one to tank, but a down year could give the Bucs a shot at a franchise quarterback in the 2020 class. Without McCoy there to anchor the defense, it could be a long year for Tampa Bay.