Hear Jason Licht Dodge Gerald McCoy Return Question

February 27th, 2019

The audio above really tells the story.

It was captured by Joe late this morning as general manager Jason Licht assembled with local media at the NFL Scouting Combine away from the national podium microphone.

Licht simply was asked whether Gerald McCoy would be on the roster this season.

For some reason, Licht said it was hard to confirm a roster spot for any player and when pressed, Licht just would not commit to McCoy. Of course, a thinking person knows Licht could easily name 15 players (at least) who certainly will be on the Tampa Bay roster this season.

But for some reason, Licht chose to dance about McCoy.


Take a listen above and feel free to speculate. McCoy is due $13 million in 2019.

30 Responses to “Hear Jason Licht Dodge Gerald McCoy Return Question”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    So kwon is leaving and maybe Gerald McCoy. Who are we gonna replace them with? I prefer not to replace them in free agency. We need o-line, D-line, Line Backer, CB, and a Qb in the late rounds

  2. Buccaneerscotty Says:

    I smell a trade to Oakland

  3. 813bucboi Says:

    i smell a trade down & Ed Oliver…..


  4. Anonymous Says:


    you could replace them with blocking dummies and achieve the same embarrassing results on defense the bucs have for the last decade. they need to ship lvd and dotson out too… losing culture is strong with those has beens that never were.

  5. Hodad Says:

    There’s going to be trades, cuts, signings, everyone can’t come back. Where did Stroud get his info that McCoy was coming back next year? Sure didn’t sound like that was a certainty to me. If the Bucs can trade back in the first, they can pick up an extra D linemen in this deep draft with the pick, and walk away from McCoy’s 13 million.

  6. pick6 Says:

    they are going to ask him to take a paycut, and standing at a podium saying “we definitely want Gerald back” is not a great way for the team to establish leverage in those conversations. Get McCoy back for under $10 million and off you go. with that paycut alongside dumping Curry, Unrein, and Allen you’ve recovered about $20 million of cap space from that line without any meaningful loss of production


    He’s not going to tell you (the media) anything! And why should he, now I see why Bucs fans are the way they are. The media ask some stupid questions and then they try to ask the same question another way. This team sucks! You can trade the entire team, I don’t care! We pick in the top 10 EVERY YEAR. Grow up!!!!!!!!

  8. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Damn I like the full court press lol.

    Rick Stroud has to be sweating a bit. Pretty reckless reporting to suggest it was a done deal that he is back at his $13M cap hit if that isn’t a confirmed move. He definitely didn’t write it like an opinion piece.

  9. pick6 Says:

    any Free Agent D lineman that you bring in as a presumptive starter is getting between $10 and $15 million. and for those blanking on recent history, literally every starter-level salary given to a Free Agent DL in the Licht era has been a massive waste of money. Half a decent season of Robert Ayers stands out only in comparison to non-factors like Ghost Johnson, Vinny Curry, Swaggy Baker, and Beau Allen

    for all the Suh envy he’s a comparable talent who will demand more dollars and more years than the team has committed to Gerald. Every other decent DL is going to be re-signed by their team or be signed by someone else for amounts they will regret.

    i get that some are tired of Gerald, but other than finding a sleeper in FA or the draft i don’t see how cutting McCoy from an already thin DL creates a realistic path to upgrade that unit or even the secondary for a net improvement on D.

  10. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    I said it last night, Stroud got played. The Bucs used to him to release that info. He was still butt hurt from being embarrassed by JoeBucsFan about the Head Coach and he was dying to write a breaking story.
    These theories crack Joe up. While Joe agrees about the “butt hurt” line, the other stuff is out there.–Joe

  11. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    Suh did a 1yr/14M contract, started every game, and got 4.5 sacks, just for perspective. The difference is they have a QB on a rookie deal and could afford to do that, we can’t.

  12. ncbucsfan Says:

    Licht is just keeping his options open! Between Arians Win-now statements and Lichts job security, I don’t think we will see too much “Franchise-building” decisions regarding personnel as much as we will see “best player, use all available cap money” decisions being made……which as a fan, is what I prefer. SPEND to win and DO NOT do as many are suggesting by just “cutting” players whom you can’t IMMEDIATELY, THIS YEAR, replace with equal talent, just to save a few nickels (GMC, DJAX). If you NEED money, cut easily replaceable talent (HUMP, KWON) and field the BEST possible team in 2019! Idc about 2020, I want a winner ASAP!!

  13. ncbucsfan Says:

    Agreed CHARGEDCBH!!!!!

  14. ncbucsfan Says:

    Agreed pick6!!!

  15. ncbucsfan Says:

    Joe….how about a “like” option for JBF comments!

  16. DBS Says:

    Of course he is not going to confirm Any player a roster spot. Anything can happen between now and opening day. And he is not going to show his hand right now.

  17. Tampa Bay Demon Says:


    PLEASE NO “like” button.
    Good Lord, I hate facebook.
    JBF is where I would rather be.
    I do NOT want it to become like fb.

  18. GhostofSchiano Says:

    Well if he does go to Oakland and then to Vegas, maybe his sideline dancing will improve after watching the pro’s in Vegas.

  19. JimmyJack Says:

    Sure smells to me like the Bucs would be more then willing to listen to trade offers for Gerald.

    Come on Joe speculate that one.

  20. StoutGospel Says:

    @DBS is correct, no more, no less.

    And like I emphatically articulated that “report” day about GMC…Rick Stroud is a stooge, and does not have that access that he implied in his “report”, and was strictly an opinion piece in shoddy desperation, much like Slapaport.

    And his Bucs’ press credential should come under review, I would imagine, or maybe stuff at the TBT should.

    Go Bucs!

  21. Casey Morgan Says:

    Stroud and the liberal rag Tampa Bay Times are wrong again…

  22. Neal Says:

    So i guess we are not taking Stroud’s word for it anymore? Such lazy journalism these days. Stroud writes something with nothing to back it up, and everyone runs with it.

  23. Buc believer Says:

    @Anonoymous… you don’t know what your talking about! 🤪 GMC is the BEST player in NFL history!! He is a great human being! He loves his mama and horses too! He helps opponents off the turf and will bandage and kiss their boo boos! How Dare you talk badly about a once in forever player like GMC!! Signed Gerald’s father….. errr Hawain Buc.

  24. DB55 Says:


    Bucs has two goal line stands last season, gmc did not play in either. Ijs

  25. jmarkbuc Says:


    Addition by subtraction…

    If you’ve ever watched GMC play patty cake with offensive linemen, or turn his back to the ball carrier then you know why less is more in this case.

    UDFA’s with low salaries would give better effort, with the right coaching.

    I NEVER agree with TMax. But he may be right on GMac’s attitude and disposition, and how it affects this team.

  26. Bird Says:

    Gerald McCoy is one of seven players who have recorded at least six sacks in every season since 2013. The others: Cameron Wake, Ryan Kerrigan, Carlos Dunlap, Chandler Jones, Cameron Jordan and Olivier Vernon.

    And remember , DT don’t get a ton of sacks outside of Aaron Donald

    He is not terrible people.
    But I agree 13 mil is too high.

  27. jmarkbuc Says:


    “He is not terrible people”

    Of course he isn’t. He’s actually the Anti-Sapp, which in the long run is gonna be great for GMC and his family.

    GMC is what he is. Just simple Buccaneer luck that the one player we have who is a physical beast, a legitimately elite talent, isn’t really all that inclined or interested in the football part of the football business.

    We should go all “Patriot Way” and get something for him while we can. We need to spend that money elsewhere.. So many holes. GMC will be fine either way.

  28. jmarkbuc Says:

    All that matters from this moment forward, is J Licht has got to be on the ball and make the right moves, for us to get anything going this year. Great moves, not ridiculous or half assed. He’s gotta score.


  29. tmaxcon Says:


    Cancer93 had more basement titles and he’s captained more blowouts than all those vombined…. no questions cancer93 talent just the fact he is a soft career loser who rather play with dolls

  30. Get a clue Says:

    The stroud article was nothing more than an opinion piece , not a report, not coming from one Bucs, but floating theories of why he would be here but for some reason people want to keep sharing it and speak of it as gospel