May 14th, 2019

It’s like the sheriff and the local cold-blooded criminal meeting in the dusty road just outside the saloon in the old west, two gunslingers ready to draw.

That’s essentially what the creator, curator and overall guru of Pro Football Talk, the great Mike Florio, said of high stakes game of chicken being played between Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht and Browns big shot John Dorsey.

If you believe speculation from a Browns beat guy, the Browns want Bucs stud defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. But what Dorsey doesn’t want is GMC’s bloated $13 million salary.

Nothing suggests the Bucs want to keep GMC, at least not at his current salary. Dorsey, of course, knows this and also knows as a result, he has Licht over a barrel if Licht decides to trade GMC.

Also the Bucs have to shed salary because they are in salary cap hell and currently don’t have enough bread to sign their full rookie class.

“The Browns are interested in him,” Florio said yesterday about GMC on his weekday morning show “PFT Live,” seen and heard on NBC Sports Network. It’s “a staredown between two franchises.”

The problem, as Joe pointed out, is Dorsey doesn’t want to pay $13 million to GMC this year. So for a trade to work, Florio hinted, a redo of GMC’s contract would have to be done. GMC allegedly wants guaranteed cash. Would he take less cash in a trade for two years of guaranteed money?

Those are among the many things Licht would have to hammer out with Dorsey and GMC’s camp.

Otherwise, it appears Dorsey and the Browns are ready to pounce the moment Licht tosses GMC out on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

31 Responses to ““Staredown””

  1. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    This is like the movie draft day. John Dorsey is Sonny Weaver and Jason Licht is forest gump the gm of the jaguars…..Browns are building a winner, the bucs have a team

  2. Todd Says:

    Trade for Duke and subsidize $3 million of McCoy’s salary for a year.

  3. TOM Says:

    Whatever it takes to get rid of him & his bloated salary.

  4. Chris Simms 2020 GM Says:

    “Browns are building a winner, Gump tripped and fell down the stairs.”


  5. R.O Says:

    Yawn… wake me up Sept 8th @ 4:24 PM EDT.

  6. pelbuc Says:

    Thank you Licht for crippling this team for years to come. SMH!!!

  7. SOFIERCE Says:

    Pay $1 million per every sack he had last year. If he gets 13 sacks this year, than pay that next year. If he gets 4 sacks instead of 13, then pay 4 mill.

    Get paid what you are actually worth!!

    How hungry would the defense line be!!!

  8. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Sooo how did Licht get this job again?

    People in the NFL need to stop falling for the Bill Belichick tree.

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Otherwise, it appears Dorsey and the Browns are ready to pounce the moment Licht tosses GMC out on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

    First of all……the Browns can “pounce” all they like but GMC has a say in where he goes and how much he will play for…..so, waiting for him to be cut is no guarantee on either count.

    Second of all, there is no way to “subsidize” a player’s salary in the NFL….it is not like baseball….his contract goes with him to the new team in it’s entirety along with his cap situation…..unless there is a restructure.

  10. Tattoodonny Says:

    Why haven’t we just moved that $13m into a bonus and maybe add a year for cap purposes then he gets paid and with JPP in limbo we’ll at least have a proven DL who still has that “quick get off”? He deserves to be given 1 more chance to play for a winning team. Plus with our schedule being so screwy we’d have a veteran that will help out?
    Go Bucs keep GMC!

  11. NOSBOS Says:

    Y’all some funny MOs man,this dude had grand total of 17 tackles all of last season but people think it would be a bummer losing him. I think ima visit other teams sites just to find if this type lunacy goes on everywhere or is it just a Bucs fanbase thing..

  12. 813bucboi Says:

    licht needs to get his sh!t together and do whats best for the team…..

    GO BUCS!!!!

  13. Go Bucs 72 Says:

    Nobody on the planet with a modicum of intelligence wants to play her 13 million. A 9 year vet with all those, ahem, “glorious,” Pro Bowls and her own teammates didn’t vote y’alls favorite cosplay heroin to be a captain on a crappy 5-11 team. What more evidence do you freaking need?

  14. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    GMC needs to wake up….I don’t know if it is him, his wife or his agent (probably not agent)…he is not the first old vet with a high salary cap # that had to bow to the market place….he has already been paid !….the guy is out of touch with reality…which is a reflection on him

  15. Snook Says:

    Not sure why the Browns would want a losing presence with no sense of urgency in their locker room. But please take him!!!

  16. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Hey !…I was scrolling through Craigslist and there was a ad for a full sized Batman….tough times in the Bat Cave 😉

  17. The Buc Realist Says:

    Shocking that she-mc has no value and made worse by another bad contract of licht weight!!!!!!!!!!!!! Word on the street is that licht weight will have to shell out 4-5 million of guaranteed cash just to get she-mc off the books!!!!!!! Venezuela’s Economy thinks that licht weight has done a terrible job!!!!!!!!!! When will the local media hold him accountable??????????

    2019 will reveal answers to the sheep, that the “real” fans already know!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. NOSBOS Says:

    He will 813,we fans want it fast but behind those closed doors sometimes it’s in the team’s best interest to play the waiting game.

  19. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    We will know if this has all been media and fan hype when the next OTA comes along.

    If McCoy shows up, it has all been hype. Of course, media will claim the team made peace with McCoy to cover their butts, but the truth will probably be that there were never any real issues.

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

    I am concerned with #93 injuries …I know he has been playing with some

  21. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Will be interesting to see how this Browns team does with such a splashy offseason.

    Not sure wtf we could get for McCoy but I just want to move on lol

  22. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Also Realist I saw your write up the other day – appreciate.

    I think we agree in general this has been a Glazer problem and a lack of accountability in the front office in terms of who is in charge of a team building vision. The rhetoric may be different but that’s the basic problem.

    Mark Dominik + his coaches = simply horrible hires.

    Hiring Lovie = horrible. Hiring a HC then having him hand pick a GM and then keeping that GM but firing the HC = wtf in gods name are we doing from any long term vision standpoint lol and that’s on the owners

  23. PewterProphet Says:

    This franchise is so exhausting. The funniest thing about all these “staredowns”, chicken games played….is BA’s extreme arrogance that ….oh come late August, we’ll just procure everyone’s veteran cuts (with if we’re lucky $5 mill total available pool), and we’ll put together a 9-7 team. LMAO!! Was that the pitch to the Glazers in the interview?!?

    How bout THIS Bruce…have you thought about the OTHER 10-12 GM’s that will also be adding selectively during veteran cuts?!? With more than $5 mill available, on FAR MORE competitive teams than the Bucs!!! Some people with a solid voice in local Bucs media needs to start positing leading accountability questions like those to BA and Licht BEFORE we get ….to that point.


  24. The Buc Realist Says:

    @lord of corn

    The sheep will not want to hear this, But this team needs a multi-year rebuild!!!!! It needs a plan and to stick it out!!!!!!! every year its been like the higher ups think this team is close and makes bad temporary moves that hurt even more the following year!!!!!! But every year is a prove it or lose it, every year the philosophy changes!!!!!!!!! I would love to see Joe hold a poll, if the fans would be for a 2-3 year rebuild!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t hate the current coaching staff, I just think that they will have too many obstacles and the strength of the staff is here for a very short time and will check out if they don’t “win now”!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2019 will reveal answers to the sheep, that the “real” fans already know!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. The Buc Realist Says:

    And I would answer more, But it is very difficult being under JBF heavy moderation that has been almost a year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. miken Says:

    @bucs realist…. problem with a 2 to 3 year rebuild is BA will be here 2 to 3 years.

  27. louden Says:


    preach on brother


    keep it up bro

    @ all

    it’s the incompetent Front Office unable to evaluate talent and bilding an good Roster..

    Whoever follows the Suckaneers and wants them to become the Buccaneers again should start to boycott this clown show of an “professional” team

    until the Glazers decide to hire intelligent football minds into the Front Office, that is good @evaluating talent [email protected] Building..

    Fire Licht Tonight!

  28. Isaac haggins Says:

    This is very very easy , Browns have Cap for two years and would do 20 guaranteed for a third if Licht had the salability!! Your getting the best or second best off the snap tackle in football , Dorsey do you want to be better , you can be way better talent wise, vet wise and depth wise right now !!! Gerald the Browns May have accumulated the most talent in the NFL , you make this an Allstar team where young guys will look up to you and you get 20 mil guaranteed and the most accurate passer in the NFL!!! Gerald Cleveland is much more talented than us !!! The thing is is that it’s just a great situation for all involved and brings the most value to all three parties !!!

  29. Isaac haggins Says:

    Dorsey is doing his team a disservice by not pulling the trigger and trying to win the dance !!!

  30. Clean House Says:

    Licht fell off the Belichick tree right on his head, rotted on the ground for a bit, till the brain was truly toast, then Lovie hires him

  31. Defense Rules Says:

    @Realist … ” I would love to see Joe hold a poll, if the fans would be for a 2-3 year rebuild!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t hate the current coaching staff, I just think that they will have too many obstacles and the strength of the staff is here for a very short time and will check out if they don’t “win now”!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    Realist, you’ve outdone yourself (with the exclamation points too). No poll needed … Bucs ARE in Year 1 of a 2-3 year REBUILDING. Bucs defense is undergoing a major scheme change AND personnel change to accompany that. Our S/Ts has already been completely turned over. Bucs’ offense has had some significant turnover already, just not as much as the defense. More would come IF we could afford it. I understand that the term RELOADING has been bantered about, but if it looks like, quacks like & walks like a duck, IT’S A FRIGGIN DUCK.


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