No Urgency For Gerald McCoy Contract

March 28th, 2014

lovie 0322Joe saw other media make a big deal about Lovie Smith saying Wednesday that extending Gerald McCoy’s contract is a priority.

For Joe, that was like saying, “we want to score touchdowns” or “we want to get after the quarterback.” It was an extreme no-brainer of a statement.

McCoy is arguably the best defensive tackle in the game; surely he’s among the top five in the NFL. And there’s probably no better DT for Lovie’s defense. Throw in McCoy’s charitable efforts, squeaky clean reputation and desire to lead, and of course the Bucs plan to pay him whatever they must in order to keep him. McCoy’s contract runs out after the season.

(No. Joe won’t call McCoy a great leader. Joe will wait until he leads a winning team.)

But there is no urgency to re-sign McCoy. The Bucs don’t need the 2014 cap room re-signing him now could have created. And as long as Ndamukong Suh’s new contract talks are imminent — reports out of Detroit say they are — the Bucs would be wise to play wait-and-see on Suh. The same goes for McCoy’s camp.

McCoy will no doubt seek at least as much as Suh and face-of-the-franchise money, especially with the predicted explosive rise of the salary camp over the next five years. He’ll probably deserve it.

On Wednesday, Lovie said he believes having legitimate pass rushers around McCoy, guys like Michael Johnson and Clinton McDonald, should allow McCoy to make more plays and take his game up another level. Joe wouldn’t mind seeing that happen before the Bucs offer McCoy a contract that could exceed Darrelle Revis money.

31 Responses to “No Urgency For Gerald McCoy Contract”

  1. Nick H Says:

    If Revis isn’t worth 16m a season, then GMC certainly won’t be either.

    Unless of course 20 sacks a season for the life of the contract, then sure 16m a season it is.

  2. Kalind Says:

    I still think the prudent thing would be to do that BEFORE he goes berserk this year. I love love love the guy, but I don’t want to have to pay him QB money to stay. Lock him up now BEFORE Suh and you can set the market. What of Suh signs for 4 years 110mill? ( unlikely, but this is the lions…) the we’re hosed. Sign him and David now, get it over with.

  3. bucsQcCity Says:

    With the increasing salary cap, expect price to rise and Suh will push the ceiling up. McCoy doesn’t seem to be a greedy player but I guess it’s why he have an agent to do this stuff.

  4. snook Says:

    Gene Atkins is making around $11M per. Suh and McCoy will obviously trump that. But not by much IMO.

  5. deminion Says:

    i woud say sign him now before he has another monster yr

  6. Mitch Says:

    Desean Jackson was released!!!!

  7. Harry Says:

    I wonder if L&L have an interest in Desean????? I love what his speed would do for the Bucs, but he is constantly whining about money…

  8. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I have to agree that signing him now is smarter…before Suh gets a contract. Mainly because Suh is going to demand big, big dollars, and if we wait for that to set the price, the bill will be very high.

    Right now is the time, because signing him might get us a cheaper deal. And I think when he hits double digit sacks, he’s going to command more money.

  9. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Waiting for this season to play out is doable though. We can always hit him with the franchise tag to keep hold of him while a new deal is worked out next year.

    But going that route would mean a larger contract.

  10. deminion Says:

    they said we were dumb for releasing revis djax just got released for and they took a cap hit just saying

  11. deminion Says:

    he got released funny cuz he had his best yr ever last yr

  12. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    DeSean Jackson released by Eagles.

  13. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Also, the Texans are “trying hard” to trade the #1 pick.

  14. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    That tells me the Texans are not targeting any of the top 3 QBs.

  15. williethewonder Says:

    Speaking of contracts, I heard @ 12:45 pm that the eags had outright released D. Jackson – hope he’s one of Tedford’s former guys that he still has on speed-dial, because he would fit perfectly in Jeff’s “speed in space” concept. A close enough relationship with his former coach (Ted), already knowing his way of doing things + Lovie’s winsome personality as a coach and we could get this guy if we move on it fast and hard. D-Jax’s speed and already knowing how it’s done would put us miles ahead of having to train rookies (we still need rookie WRs, of course), who generally take a year or two to “get it.” It would make us ready to win now and put our offense so much further ahead. They say they’re not through – talk about a major coup: this is it – get it done.

  16. Jordan Says:

    Possible gang affiliation is part of the reason why he was released. I’m not sure how I feel about trying to sign him.

  17. Patrick Says:

    Can we even afford to sign DeSean? Remember we still have to sign after draft picks too.

  18. Macabee Says:

    Before anyone starts to suggest that we rush out to sign Desean Jackson might want to read the reasons being floated for his release. That includes me, because we need WR help and he produced on the field last year.

    There are other reasons that suggest that may not be a good idea!

  19. T in Orlando Says:

    For anyone wanting to sign DeSean Jackson, put aside the off-field stuff for a moment, and think about what he’s going to want salary wise. Top WRs last year got $10+ mil a year, and you can bet, that will be the starting point for DeSean (I think Oakland would offer the most money, at $10 mil / yr, plus he’s a stereotypical Raider guy, a blazing fast headcase). Do we think L&L would want to have about $30 mil/yr tied up in 3 WRs? I don’t think so.

    As far as the notion of “speed in space”, Jackson is probably top 3 in the NFL, but he does not fit the idea the Licht keep preaching on value.

  20. Jay407 Says:

    Lovie won’t sniff desean Jax. Gang related activities, bad attitude , too much baggage.

  21. Snook Says:


    I had a comment removed this week because it had nothing to do with the topic. Yet I see all of these posts about Desean Jackson.

    What does Desean Jackson have to do with GMC’s contract?

  22. NJBucsFan Says:

    No thanks to DJax

  23. Harry Says:

    Wow, PFT just had an article out quoting another NJ dot com that Jackson was at least partially released bc the Eagles were concerned about him having potential gang ties. WTF? I must be getting old, but when you make $10 a yr why would you want to be risking that income (like Hernandez) so you can pretend to be a bad azz – and I do mean pretend.

  24. Patrick Says:

    ESPN reporting that the Texans want to trade the #1 pick in the draft and that the Bills are interested. I don’t think the Bills would draft another quarterback though considering that EJ Manuel has only completed one season?? If this is true then it seems like the Texans definitely don’t want Manziel. Neither do the Rams or Falcons. So that leaves as CLE, JAX, or OAK as the three other quarterback needy teams.

  25. Tristan Berry Says:

    I agree with Kalind… If this DL is set to explode, GMC’s perceived value will most definitely explode along with it. If you lock him into a contract and set the market now, you can only benefit in that scenario. If you believe in your plan, I say show it. If the Lions then want to use GMC’s contract to overpay Suh, let ’em. But there’s no reason why we should use Suh’s contract to overpay McCoy. The Bucs should set the market with GMC rather than let the Lions do it with Suh.

  26. Hawk Says:

    I concur with the majority in here. The Bucs should set the precedent, and let the Lions follow. But there may be a ‘hitch’ in that angle. McCoys’ agent may *want* the Lions/Suh to set the target so they can ask for a dollar more. If so, then McCoys’ agent is either saying, “Let’s wait a little while.”, or he’s saying,”We want $100 mil for 4 years”, and let the Bucs decide to wait for the Lions to set a more reasonable price.

  27. JT Says:

    Re sign mccoy asap! He will excell in this defense I cant wait to see what he can do under the likes of lovie/leslie! Sign him NOW!

  28. JFat Says:

    McCoy is a nearly 16mill cap hit this year, he got one of those old fat ass rookie contracts. So even if he makes “Revis money” with his new deal we’ll be fine cap-wise as it increases. Could always slap a franchise tag on him too.

  29. Kevin Says:

    He’s damn good. Sign em, nuff said.

  30. SeedofChucke007 Says:

    Mccoy is someone who the organization wants to excel and I believe he can, It is just to what level to we as fans and future GM’s expect as, his level of play. Is he a future Sapp, highly doubtful because Warren is a HOF/GOAT. Can he be like a tommie Harris when healthy, Ideally a 3 Technique Can make 10 other C-B players take the next step. Let us not get carried away with 93 and the fact that he will be learning another new scheme and still is not a feared RUn stop PAss rushing 3 Shade

  31. kevin Says:

    Why wait to pay him more…..give him an extention now. Doesnt seem to make sense.