Gerald McCoy, the six-time pro bowler of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who has been with the franchise for the past 9 seasons has been released by the team.
McCoy who was drafted as the 3rd overall pick of the 2010 NFL draft was released by the franchise even having three years left on his contract which would have made him 13 million dollars in base pay for the season. His original contract with the Buccaneers was for 6 years which was signed back in 2014 for a sum of 96 million dollars.
Jason Licht, the General Manager of Buccaneers, said in a statement, “The deacon we are making is difficult in both personal and professional way. For the last 9 years, Gerald has been an important cornerstone for our franchise and a leader in our community. Parting ways with a great player like Gerald is one of the hardest responsibilities of my job.”
According to media sources, Buccaneers had been looking for a trade partner for more than 2 months, after not finding anyone up for trade, they were forced to mutually part ways.
When McCoy was asked about all this and where he would play next, he said, “I will still be playing football somewhere. I don’t know where at the moment and we will see about that.”
McCoy who was drafted by Buccaneers out of Oklahoma has a career record of 296 tackles, 140 QB hits, 54.5 sacks, 6 forced fumbles and 4 fumble recoveries during his 123 game appearances.