“He Looks Like He’s Angling For A New Contract”August 31st, 2014
Opening day is less than a week away, and the Bucs don’t have a new contract for Gerald McCoy.
Barring an unlikely 11th-hour deal, McCoy will enter the final season of his rookie contract without a promise for more.
Bucs general manager Jason Licht has spoken openly about his desire to lock up a new deal for McCoy, but nothing has happened — and McCoy won’t entertain discussing subject publicly.
Bucs icon Ronde Barber, however, thinks McCoy is a key to the Buccaneers season and that McCoy is hungry for a massive new paycheck. Barber talked all things Bucs to the Charlotte Observer in advance of the Bucs-Panthers opening day matchup in Tampa.
“The storyline will be whoever’s facing Gerald McCoy. He has been completely dominant in preseason so far,” Barber said in a phone interview.
… Though McCoy finished with only one tackle in the two games against Carolina, Barber said he looks like he’s playing with purpose this year.
“From the first snap of the Jacksonville game, he’s in the backfield (for) a 4-yard tackle for loss (on running back Jordan Todman). And it’s been that way all preseason,” Barber said. “He looks like he’s angling for a new contract.”
Regarding McCoy’s stats against Carolina, he was consistently double- and triple-teamed by them last year. Check the film, and McCoy has said it himself. McCoy can’t carry a defensive line himself. Nobody can.
Is McCoy “angling” for a new deal? That was an interesting choice of words for Barber, who has all kinds of insider access at One Buc Palace. He’ll be calling the Panthers-Bucs game for FOX.
Joe would expect McCoy to try and get as much as he can for himself. It’s a tricky situation with the NFL salary cap expected to grow greatly in the coming years. McCoy is set to earn about $10.5 million this season.