On May 20th, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released 31-year-old, defensive tackle, Gerald McCoy. McCoy had three years left on his contract and was owed $13 million this season if Tampa Bay kept him. Throughout his career, McCoy has made six Pro-Bowls, his most recent coming in 2017, and he has also made two 2nd Team All-Pros and one 1st Team. He has 54.5 career sacks and 79 career tackles for a loss. These numbers are good for about 6 sacks per season and 9 tackles for a loss per season. Also, McCoy has 269 career tackles and 140 quarterback hits. Again, this is good for 33 and 16 respectively per season.
Gerald McCoy is a 6’4” 300 pound monster who uses his big frame and long arms to bully offensive lineman. The reason Tampa Bay may have released McCoy is because he is 31 which indicates he is at the end of his prime. However, his last 3 years of play do not indicate any drastic decline in his play. In his last 3 years, McCoy has played 44 out of a possible 48 games and has registered 19 sacks. These 19 sacks are more than other Pro-Bowl lineman like Ndamukong Suh, Leonard Williams, and Kawann Short have had during this span. Also, in the past 3 seasons McCoy has averaged around 36 tackles per season, with an average of 8 of them being for a loss. His 7 pass deflections in the past 3 years is the same amount as Defensive Player of the Year, Aaron Donald, and substantially more than All-Pro defensive tackle, Geno Atkins.
Currently, the Green Bay Packers main defensive tackles are Kenny Clark, Mike Daniels, Dean Lowry, and Kingsley Keke, in that order. You won’t find anyone higher on Kenny Clark than me, so essentially, we’re talking about if McCoy would be a step up over the other three players. The answer is absolutely yes! With McCoy on the team, this lets Mike Daniels, who is still a very solid D-Tackle, come in when Clark or McCoy need a breather. These three could create a wall inside that Green Bay has not seen since Gilbert Brown and Santana Dotson roamed the middle. Think about it, it’s fourth and short, an obvious run situation and Green Bay rolls out Kenny Clark, Gerald McCoy, and Mike Daniels to stuff the middle. That’s pretty intimidating if you ask me. You can never have too much talent on the defensive side of the ball. If McCoy was signed, he would immediately be one of Green Bay’s best defensive players, according to AV (Approximate Value). In the last 3 years, he has an AV of 27 which would be higher than Green Bay’s defensive anchors Blake Martinez, Kenny Clark, and Adrian Amos. As a bonus, by signing McCoy, the Packers would also take him away from NFC contenders who are interested in him like the Cowboys, Saints, and Seahawks. Teams may bid high for McCoy but hopefully after many struggling years in Tampa Bay, he might take a pay cut to play with a good team. If the Packers signed him to what they signed Julius Peppers to in 2014, I think that would be a tremendous deal for the Packers. The contract could look something like a 2-year, $16 million dollar deal.
I want to see the Packers make a push towards McCoy because a roster with him, Jaire Alexander, Blake Martinez, Kenny Clark, Za’Darius Smith, and Adrian Amos looks like a Super Bowl caliber defense.