Report: Browns Offer To McCoy “Likely Under $10 Million”

May 25th, 2019

The Browns tried to get Gerald McCoy to sign a contract before he left their headquarters yesterday.

That’s the word from longtime beat writer Mary Cay Cabot of Late yesterday, she served up an update on the courting of the ex-Bucs Pro Bowl defensive tackle.

Joe has a visual of general manager John Dorsey pulling McCoy’s arm in a pleading fashion while Bucco Bruce Arians disciple head coach Freddie Kitchens tells McCoy how great he looks on film and how they’ll help him make Tampa pay. Fun thoughts on scorching Saturday afternoon.

Joe found the money angle Cabot referenced interesting, as well as McCoy’s shot to be part of an historic defensive line.

Among other things, he loves the idea of playing with fellow Pro Bowlers Myles Garrett, Oliver Vernon and Sheldon Richardson on the defensive line, and has never been surrounded with that caliber of talent.

McCoy might sign a one-year “prove-it” deal with the hopes of catching on long term. At least one team has offered him $11 million, but it’s not a winning team, and making the playoffs is a priority.

McCoy’s deal here will likely come in under $10 million, but he’s willing to play for a little less for a chance to make the playoffs for the first time in 10 years. The addition of McCoy would make the Browns the fifth franchise since 1970 to enter a season with four Pro Bowl starters on the defensive line, according to NFL Network.

Cabot added that McCoy will head next to a visit with the Ravens on Tuesday.

53 Responses to “Report: Browns Offer To McCoy “Likely Under $10 Million””

  1. Jonathan Limpchimpi Says:

    He’ll be “just a guy” moving forward.

  2. Waterboy Says:

    The Browns move never made sense to me anyway because they just signed and paid Sheldon Richardson this off-season.

  3. stpetebucsfan Says:

    So we have Suh now. A significant portion of JBF posters are just glad to get rid of McCoy.

    I wish I was a JAG and somebody offered me close to ten million.

    The people who hate GMC are never going to bring any pragmatism to this debate. I see his weakness AND his strengths. I do not hold it against him that he was never going to be Warren Sapp. Neither is Suh!!! Sapp is in the HOF…I don’t expect to see either GMC or Suh in Canton.

  4. DooshLaRue Says:

    Softie didn’t like 10-6……

  5. SteelStudBuc Says:

    Aren’t the Ravens a 3-4 defense? Something smells fishy here.

  6. SteelStudBuc Says:

    Cold reality for McCoy. He had to have known he was taking a pay cut either way, stay or go.

  7. westernbuc Says:

    I’d love for him go to the Ravens, legit defense and out of conference

  8. Todd Says:

    If he wants to make the playoffs this year and retire a Buc, he needs to come groveling back to Todd Bowles and play for $8mm. Wouldn’t even have to move his Spider Man collection.

  9. Jonathan Limpchimpi Says:

    Now Todd…that’s simply not right! It’s Batman.

  10. NPRSageBoy Says:

    Having already fleeced Team Glazer for just over a ton of cash, McCoy should now be looking for a ring.

  11. Matt Says:

    Beta Boy is a lost puppy dog. He doesn’t know what he wants he’s just going to go home and flip an Oreo Cookie to determine his future. -GMAC93= +3 Wins. Good Riddance.

  12. Cobraboy Says:

    I am not “glad” to get rid of McCoy.

    It’s just to me he has played “meh”, nothing special, nothing at all to “change a game”, just another DL but with a quick first step…but even that was slowing down.

    Better for both parties to move on. It is clear the new guys did not embrace him because of his history, and no doubt the new guys consumed massive terabytes of video…and chose to move on.

    All things considered, I am super happy to switch McCoy for Suh. I am happy to switch White for the Red Rooster. And more importantly, I am happy to switch BA and his staff for Koetter’s.

    Overall, I am ecstatic to see a new defense and especially a new D culture wearing red this season. It could not get any worse.

    It’s a new day in…

  13. mickman Says:

    he will be playing for less than 10 million for only one reason. he is only worth less than 10 million and not 11 or 13 million. my god the guys is not the coming of warren sap or aaron donald! he is a has been.

  14. DB55 Says:

    Okay so McIceCream needs all pro bowlers on the line but it’s too much to ask for an oline that doesn’t include Caleb Benonoch. Got it!!!!

  15. Couch Fan Says:

    Most “haters” dislike GMC for reasons that have nothing to do with Sapp. The Sapp argument is just something the fan boys created to discredit anyone who didnt like GMC the player. There are many reasons why “haters” didnt like GMC. If you take away the “quick first step” there isnt much left to his game. If he goes to a team stacked on the Dline. He will be even more invisible than he was for us most of the time.

  16. BradentuckeyBuc Says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…The NFL’s Dwight Howard. Ton’s of talent, zero attitude!

  17. ATrain Says:

    I will say it AGAIN

    McCoy could have signed here for 9 million and still make more than in Cleveland

    So SELFISH ME ME ME has proved my point


  18. Maze Says:


  19. Concerned Oneyed buc Says:

    Brown’s offered 8 mil prove it contract sorry six pro bowls not such thing as a prove it contract. Ravens probably offer 3 years 20 mil.

  20. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    If the market for McCoy is in the 10 million area resign him

  21. Mike Johnson Says:

    Go with the Browns GMC. At will have mega help there. Unlike what you had with our Bucs.

  22. Bucnjim Says:

    Maybe I’m not reading this right. He is willing to take less to play for a playoff team that hasn’t been to the playoffs in 16 years? The Bucs are second @ 11 seasons.

  23. RTG Bucs Says:

    Couch fan, perfect comment!

  24. pertain Says:

    I keep reading these comparisons between Suh and McCoy that only list sacks, tackles for loss, and QB hits. Sure the two have very similar numbers in those three categories (although Suh has quite a few more QB hits), but nobody every seems to mention tackles. McCoy has only reached 35 tackles 3 times in his 9 years, with an average of 33/yr. Suh has at least 35 in every single season, averaging 53.2/yr! This and his mean attitude are the biggest reasons for the switch (and he comes at a lower price).

    I wish McCoy all the best, but he will not be missed by me. All he brought to the party was a quick first step, but most offenses used that to their advantage in the run game.

  25. GoBuxFla Says:

    Anything over $7 million per year + incentives is too much.

  26. Defense Rules Says:

    Bucs have just as much chance of making the playoffs this year as Cleveland does IMO. Potentially better. Cleveland closed out the season with a 4-2 record to go 7-8-1 overall on the season, BUT … the 2 teams they lost to in that stretch (Houston & Baltimore) BOTh had winning records, while the 4 teams they beat (Cincy twice, Carolina & Denver) all had losing records. Bucs finished our last 6 games with a 2-4 record to go 5-11 overall, BUT … 3 of the teams we lost to in that stretch (New Orleans, Baltimore & Dallas) had winning records, while the 2 teams we beat (San Fran & Carolina) had losing records. IOW, Cleveland played the easier schedule in that stretch & did better.

    I’d contend that the Bucs have improved more since then. Browns have unquestionably added some nice pieces, but so have the Bucs. But beyond the talent additions, I’d say that the Bucs most significant ‘upgrade’ will end up being DC Todd Bowles. Browns also have a new DC … Steve Wilks (Arizona HC last year). Wilks has a long history as a defensive backs coach, but only ONE year as a DC … with Carolina in 2017. Panthers defense did OK that year (ranked #11 in POINTS ALLOWED), but Wilks getting hired by the Cards as their HC after ONE year as a DC sounds suspiciously like Raheem Round 2. I’ll put my money on Todd Bowles & his seasoned defensive staff.

    The other big factor with the Bucs is Bruce Arians, Jameis Winston & the Bucs offense. We’ve got up to FOUR years of continuity in a number of offensive positions, and we have the more seasoned offensive coaching staff. Not so Cleveland. And Baker Mayfield had a very good year … as a rookie. Teams now have lots of film on him & his 2nd year will very likely be much tougher. Time will tell, but I think the media has been far too quick to anoint Cleveland as the Monsters of the Midwest.

  27. Race to 10 Says:

    Classic and it is always about the money I guess that bat mobile are up a big chunk of his salary. Playoff rosters don’t have the kind of money he’s looking for or are smart enough not to pay crazy money to an old guy. Vernon and Richardson are no longer pro bowlers and neither is McCoy, Garrett is the only threat and they need Geraldine badly to have a pass rush people think they will have. Don’t know why people think they are a lock for the playoffs lol guess they’ll be fun to laugh at this year

  28. Cobraboy Says:

    $7 million? Maybe that’s why he said he’d be back. 😉 😉 😉

    How would a line of Vea/Suh/McCoy sound?

    Not that I want McCoy back…

    Just spitballing’…

    (I’m not sure BA wants him back at any price.)

  29. JA Says:


    Better get this to you before you’re banned into some positive thinking lunatic asylum. My books are available on Amazon or at

    Enjoyed the earlier dialectical exchange with you and Joe.
    Mostly, however, I laughed.
    I realize joebucsfan is an entity, but when it was defended by one of the “Joes” using the term “Joe” I cracked up because it came across as a person trying to be serious while referring to himself in the third person.
    JA found that so humorous that JA almost lost control of JA’s bladder.

    Like Joe, JA has degrees in history. And we all know the recent history of the Bucs is not a beacon of light. But all the crying and complaining will not change a thing–especially the past, so why not wish/hope for a brighter future? As I’ve mentioned before, this is only football, and in the scheme of things it’s nothing more than another form of entertainment–same as this website.

    Quite frankly, I am entertained by some of the posters on this site. It spans personalities and brain sizes from A to Z. Where else can you read well articulated thoughts followed by an empty headed, highly uneducated, nonsensical response to the same subject?

    With the exception of the redundant one-trickers and the mundane haters, JA finds it it highly amusing …

  30. Alanbucsfan Says:


    GMC will visit everyone, then sign with Patriots for what you suggested

  31. BigMacAttack Says:

    McCoy gets blown out on so many plays. Often times it’s by a single guard and not a double team as is the standard excuse. No doubt he makes one or two very good plays per game, but the rest are mostly bad. He may have a good first step but lacks upper body strength and closing speed. I don’t know how he made 6 pro bowls because he didn’t deserve one. His next team will have buyers remorse very quickly. He will underperform until he gets hurt and goes to n IR. He’ll cash their big checks and laugh all the way to the bank… then on to the next sucker.

  32. BigMacAttack Says:

    And my comment is awaiting moderation lol. Really? Bahaha I must be doing something right.

  33. BucsBandit Says:


    “If he wants to make the playoffs this year he needs to come back to the Bucs”

    Was that serious comment?

    Dude… the Bucs are staring at another sub-6 win season. They may go 2-14 or 3-13.

    Playoffs? Hehehehe.

  34. T REX Says:

    Garbage fans. Give it a rest already.

  35. ElioT Says:

    Yep, he’s willing to play less on a team with real leadership who will keep the mentality up to par.

    Ride some coat tails Gerald!

  36. Darin Says:

    Is that a bad thing? Ill be just less than a guy for 10 million. Not a year just once. Sign me up.

  37. AJ Says:

    I like how automatically the pundits have Cleveland penciled in for the playoffs. Did i miss something here??? Its still the Browns for gosh sake. New coach w no experience. Very good young QB yes…but he has expectations on him now. And how long will it take till OBJ starts moaning and groaning?

    Seems these were the same pundits all over the Bucs a couple of years ago. Young QB, hot new coach, high expectations. You got to do it first…

  38. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Most of you haven’t a clue.

    The Bucs wasted McCoy in Tampa. They had to build the offense thru the draft, but they could have done better in free agency and built around him. And it isn’t all on Licht. Dominick draft the man and failed to build the defense when he had the chance. Licht built around his own guy…Jameis Winston.

  39. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:


    I would say the even their QB is unproven. He had a good rookie year, but still has to prove he can improve on it.

  40. GrayBalls Says:

    @T REX you’re spot on, man. Most of the posters on this site are either trolls or about as negative as it gets. Not to say I don’t understand it, being one ofe the most beleaguered and disappointed fan bases in football. But give it a rest and show a little optimism. You wanted Smith gone? Done. You thought Koetter was too soft? Gone. You asked for a coach with a proven history? How about a two-time NFL coach-of-the-year winner. One, who in pretty short order, turned a 5-11 Arizona team into a 13-3 squad.
    @AlteredEgo The idea of McCoy coming back does not hurt my feelings. In order to make that work it would take cutting JPP and Gholston. Who knows if Pierre-Paul will be able to suit up again? Who cares if Will Gholston isn’t on this team anymore? It would, obviously, take GMC wanting to come back and the coaches being willing to get him back in the locker room…… I don’t see either of those things happening, yet. But your three down linemen in base as Gerald(5/3-tech)-Vea(NT/3-tech)-Suh(5/3-tech/NT) with Allen being able to spell in a couple spots and Stevie spelling at Nose, sounds pretty bad ass. But, pipe dream…. For those of us who actually like McCoy

  41. Jim Says:

    Not sure why we should care, at this point…

  42. Snook Says:

    Hahahahah!!! No one is paying him $11M.

    Nice spin by your agent Geraldine.

    We know you’d take $11M if it was offered. Go to a contender? Hahahaha!! And actually have to give 100% effort? Not happening.

  43. SCBucsFan Says:

    It’s amazing that people on here blame the years of futility on McCoy when there are so many other players on the roster that have contributed to the losing culture. But I guess it’s always nice to have someone to aim your anger at.

  44. Jonathan Limpchimpi Says:

    Darin Says:
    May 25th, 2019 at 7:44 pm
    Is that a bad thing? Ill be just less than a guy for 10 million. Not a year just once. Sign me up.


    You seem to be less than a guy already. And if you make more than $10/hour I’d be shocked.

  45. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    JA… AE thinks it would be fun to let other posters know when one is really really serious about a post by referring to themselves in the third person

  46. ARGH_M8E Says:

    We should still trade for the JETS Leonard Williams… Then cut JPP (unfortunately)… and bookend Vea with Suh & LW… WHAT?!!! That would b siiiiiiick!!!

  47. SenileSenior Says:

    Regardless of my personal pros and cons, my view of GMC as a football player, I think he has an agreement with the Bucs to come back and sign for $1.00 and promptly retire at some point in time. That is how I read his parting comments.

    As much as I liked macabee’s novel suggestion elsewhere on another post I don’t expect to ever see him play another down here.
    Go Bucs!!!

  48. Mike10 Says:

    They want him to play a rotational role..

  49. T REX Says:

    @grayballs not to join in the negativity but we’ll be lucky to get 6 wins. Lucky.

  50. Im tired and 87 is right Says:

    At the end of the day nobody liked the fact that McCoy was the WWF of football. He played the game solely on entertainment and non reality. I liked McCoy as a man but not as a football player. He probably showed more the true colors of the NFL, and what it has become. The reality is football as I know it is a war of passion and the last of the gladiator sport. You should never smile in a battle and only want to punish the guy across the line of scrimmage for who else puts their body through a beating for laughter. I played the game, took it serious and lost. Nobody wants to see someone not take it serious and still lose.

  51. 1buc4u Says:

    Not only will McCoy be paid below the 11 million dollar mark. he will also be paying a hefty State tax in a lot of those places

  52. ToesOnTheLine!!! Says:

    McCoy works rather sign with Cleveland for less money!?!? Gerald better go into concussion protocol if he really had and turned down an $11M offer because it wasn’t a “winning team”. Did I miss something…when did the Browns become a winning team? The Browns arguably have even more to prove than the Bucs as far as becoming a winner…at least the Bucs were once one. Winning the free agent big name game like the Browns are trying to do rarely equals success (see Eagles Dream Team). I’m gonna call fake news on the $11M offer! 🙂

  53. stpetebucsfan Says:


    Another writer here! I also have a book up on Amazon and Bonzai has at least two.

    I’m very sensitive to Joe’s proprietary rights and do not wish to use HIS platform for my personal promotion.

    I do see the banners and other commercials here who have obviously paid the Joe’s. It’s how they stay in business. I just wish one of the Joes or a sharp intern would figure a way to put up a “classified” section…perhaps with the morning roundup and let us pay to list our stuff. In “classified” ad without artwork etc it could perhaps be affordable for us and profitable for Joe.