McCoy is expected to visit with the Browns on Thursday or Friday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. McCoy reportedly told interested teams that the Browns will be his first visit, presumably because he's most interested in signing there. Cleveland is also one of the teams that could offer him the most money considering the Browns currently sit with the fourth-most cap space in the league. The four-time All-Pro would be an interesting fit there considering how strong of a unit the Browns defensive line is at the moment, with Sheldon Richardson and Larry Ogunjobi on the interior and Myles Garrett and Olivier Vernon at end. Other teams listed as being interested in McCoy's services include the Panthers and Bengals, though others probably exist as well.
The Buccaneers released McCoy on Monday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. McCoy was owed $13 million for 2019, which led Tampa Bay to seek out potential trade partners over the last few months, but the team was apparently unable to find any suitors and can cut him without facing a dead-cap penalty. The 31-year-old spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Buccaneers and should now have some options in free agency. He had at least six sacks each of the past six seasons, topping out at 9.5 in 2013.
McCoy isn't present Tuesday for the start of OTAs, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. McCoy has stayed away from the Buccaneers throughout the voluntary offseason program while his future remains in limbo. The team is switching to a 3-4 scheme under defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, and coach Bruce Arians has openly acknowledged the possibility of McCoy being traded or released. It seems a trade would be the best solution for both parties, but McCoy's $13 million base salary could make things tricky. Badly in need of cap space, the Bucs can cut McCoy without any dead-money charge if they're ultimately unable to find a trade.
McCoy is expected to stay in Tampa Bay for 2019, Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times reports. Rumors of a split made sense given that McCoy has spent his entire career in a 4-3 scheme and carries a non-guaranteed $13 million base salary for 2019. However, new head coach Bruce Arians and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles reportedly hope to retain the veteran lineman, as they believe he can play some defensive end in a 3-4 alignment. McCoy would still be an interior rusher on passing downs, coming off a 2018 campaign in which he led the team with 21 quarterback hits and ranked third with six sacks (in 14 games). He'll turn 31 at the end of February and has three seasons remaining on a seven-year extension.
McCoy (ankle/shoulder) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports. McCoy logged a robust complement of 55 snaps in the Week 14 loss to the Saints, when he was credited with a sole assisted tackle. The multi-time Pro Bowler has seen his production wane during the stretch run, as he's notched just one tackle apiece for three straight games overall. McCoy's limited participation is almost assuredly a form of maintenance for the nine-year veteran, as there's no indication at this point that his Week 15 status is in any jeopardy.
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