McCoy Says He’ll Wait Patiently For His JackpotJuly 18th, 2010
Gerald McCoy may have lightning get-off at the line of scrimmage, but he doesn’t plan to bring that kind of frenetic urgency to his contract negotiatons, so he told The Oklahoman for an interview published today.
Bucs training camp starts in 13 days, and McCoy said he plans to wait to sign until No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford sets the money bar for this year’s draft class.
The only problem – for Bucs fans – is that several outlets are reporting that the Rams, Bradford’s new team, may be throwing a lowball offer at him in an effort to squeeze him into signing a deal. Essentially, the Rams may have leverage because a new NFL new labor agreement likely will include a low wage scale for rookies
How are contract discussions coming?
(shrugs shoulders) I definitely want to be on time, but we just have to see how it goes.
What do you think of former teammate Sam Bradford‘s contract situation?
King Sam! Sam will get his deal done. I think Sam will be there, and as soon as Sam gets his deal done, mine will be done.
Are you waiting on Sam to sign?
It’s kind of one of those deals where you would rather let the first pick sign first. You don’t want to do your deal first and his contract is way higher than yours. But if you waited yours would have been higher.
Yesterday, at an event in Oklahoma, McCoy told the Associated Press: “Given the fact that we’re about to enter a lockout, you’ve got to get as much money as you can.”
Joe can’t fault McCoy for pushing for maximum dollars for himself and his family. And there’s no reason to believe that McCoy is going to be unreasonable.
One possible upside for McCoy getting to training camp on-time is the Rams start camp two days before Tampa Bay. If Bradford’s negotiations go down to the start of camp, that at least gives the Bucs and McCoy a couple of business days to ink a deal before he misses any precious time putting his face on people with his undewear off and big boy pads on.