“Wanted In Cleveland”

May 21st, 2019

That didn’t take long.

Longtime Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot, along with BSPN Insider Adam Schefter, are Tweeting and reporting that former Bucs Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is “wanted in Cleveland.”

Cabot wrote “When he was still under contract at $13 million a year for 2019, the Browns weren’t interested in trading for him, a league source told cleveland.com. But now that they can negotiate the terms of the deal, the Browns are at least exploring the possibility.”

Noted in her piece was that Odell Beckham Jr. gave a social media thumbs up to a McCoy acquisition.

Joe suspects Browns offensive coordinator Todd Monken, who held that job in Tampa the past few seasons, would give McCoy an endorsement, too.

Joe hopes McCoy lands in Cleveland. First, the Browns come to Tampa for the “dress rehearsal” game of the preseason, August 23rd at The Den of Depression. How fun would that be? Second, the Browns will be all over national TV this season. What a chance that would be for McCoy to perform and launch his name into future Hall of Fame conversations — or be invisible and be referred to as a free agent bust.

It’s going to be an interesting season.

70 Responses to ““Wanted In Cleveland””

  1. SCBucsFan Says:

    I know who is already forming his username on the Browns board to inform the fans what a cancer this guy is.

  2. SOEbuc Says:


  3. ToesOnTheLine!!! Says:

    From “Cleveland South” to Cleveland with the really cold winters. I wonder which is a worse deal for a guy often playing injured…playing in the warm weather Den of Depression or the frigid winter Factory of Sadness? Plus I’m still not sold on the Browns turning things around…it’s a mirage…it’s the Browns, and it’s just what they do 🙂

  4. D-Rome Says:

    Well, we’ll soon know if the Browns are willing to pay 15 million a year for him.

  5. Jean Lafitte Says:

    If he plays his best football in Cleveland this season it will confirm at least in my mind he was not giving us 100% in Tampa. You just don’t all of a sudden start playing lights out unless you’ve been holding back.

  6. Mike Johnson Says:

    Browns were smart. They give us nothing for him. And probably get a decent D lineman at about 10 mil or so. Good luck GMC. You gave it your all here and was the 3rd leading all time sack guy with the Bucs. That counts for something. I get this feeling You will be the one with a, big ole wide grin come seasons end.

  7. Jonathan Limpchimpi Says:

    Like Donald Penn before him…The Joes would like to put GMC into The Hall of Fame. If only they had Ira’s vote…if only. 🙂

  8. Bird Says:

    There will be more teams interested in McCoy then just the browns

  9. Maze Says:

    Hall Of Fame 🤣

  10. The Buc Realist Says:

    “the Browns weren’t interested in trading for him”

    No value!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hard to believe that the sheep were arguing this truth weeks ago!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

  11. SOEbuc Says:

    Drop JPP and VHIII and trade for an above average/serious player on the dline. Get this show on the road. You guys already f#cked this up by not trading DJax and GMC at the right times.

  12. SOEbuc Says:

    Think the Bucs were saying $8-9 million and he was saying $13 million. Probably tired of losing every year and being a 6-time Pro Bowler with the third most sacks in franchise history and still getting sh!t on by fans when he was never given a good surrounding dline or coaching staff.

    I wouldn’t want to stay either. I hope he still continues with all his help in the Tampa Bay community. Give him lots of respect.

    So long Gerald.

  13. Cobraboy Says:

    “Future Hall of Fame consideration?”

    What a pile of stinky crap.

    He barely qualifies for the Hall of Meh.

  14. tmaxcon Says:

    hall of fame – freaking laughable… you low standard people simply prove my point about low standard bucfan being more concerned about everything that is meaningless while completely disregarding that the object of the game is to WIN…. you people are an embarrassment to sports fans worldwide.

  15. AceOfAerospace Says:

    Cleveland, let me introduce you to your latest lifelong fan…Cmaxcon.

  16. Omac Says:

    LOL at all the local media members slurping this guy.

    You would think this guys was John Randle, Sapp, etc.

    Yet he wasn’t anything but a nice guy and above average football player….and the face of a franchise content with being losers.

  17. Go Bucs 72 Says:

    Now he can apologize to Ben for accidentally running into him twice a year!

  18. TOM Says:

    I still can’t believe Licht didn’t get something for him. I just hope Licht has sense enough not to sign Suh unless its 6mil or less. Vastily over rated.

  19. Buc believer Says:

    Ben…. you said EXACTLY what I was just going to post!! LOL Now he can apologize to Ben twice a year! Good luck Browns fans!

  20. Buc4evr Says:

    Patriots and Seahawks will be in play.

  21. doolnutts Says:

    I am not a hater of GMC like a lot of folks in here. He doesn’t bother me but I like this as a pure business decision. The defense was historically bad with him there is no real reason to be paying him 13 million for declining play when we are this bad. We can be that bad with cheaper options. At some point, we needed to start developing younger talent and rebuilding this defense. We have a ton of young talent and it will be up to Bowles to coach that talent up. Good thing we switched to a 3-4 makes a move like this a little easier when are only starting 3 DL’s. The lineup isnt awful with that being said. And NO JPP will not be a DE in a 3-4 he is going to be an OLB if he even plays this year.

    DE Vita Vae
    NT Baue Allen
    DE Gholston/Nelson

  22. SCBucsFan Says:

    TPax what are those cheese choices in Subway again?

  23. WhatTheBuc Says:

    TPax is a Burger King employee

  24. ATrain Says:

    The Bucs would have kept him for 6-7 million maybe even 8 million

    When he agrees to play for another team for less than 13 million that will show his Loyalties

    No one will pay him 15 million when they could have had him for 13 million

    GMC will take less if he wants to play and Joe wonders why so many Fans are down on GMC


  25. tmaxcon Says:

    you guys can’t defend your failed hero with facts so feel free to take shots at me. I love it…. especially coming from defenders of failure… keep it coming ladies… i’d prefer some originality… the easy and repetitive replies from you guys are boring… impress me with your lack of wit ladies!

  26. Tye Says:

    If you play the game for the money, sure, Tampa is a nice place to live… Many perks like the beaches, weather, etc..

    If you play for accolades then if you get drafted by Tampa, you’ve got to be hoping and praying daily to get released or traded… Many have gone their whole career never experiencing playoff games or many winning seasons because of this team…

    McCoy is now likely to have a chance at an amazing end to his career because of this move.

  27. Morgus the Magnificent Says:

    GMC is finally gonna be in the playoffs. Watch him shine!!! Good for him!!!

  28. tmaxcon Says:

    again, i will ask why is truth so scary to you people… I was never wrong about mccoy… he’s been the root cause of the losing culture for a decade and has never won a single meaningful game during his pathetic career in the nfc south basement. just like with dungy the clown who never won a damn thing with bucs you people can’t rewrite history to make yourselves feel better. meaningless BS like being good in the community or a nice guy is all you got to defend a career loser who was paid to be a winner and make those around him better.. he did neither! all that feel good crap is irrelevant if you spend your entire career in the basement blaming others and making excuses…

  29. asdf Says:

    Terrible defenses w/ him. We need a culture change from that all that losing. Time for both sides to move on

  30. SOEbuc Says:

    TOM…exactly. Giving Suh around $10 million is a joke.

    Do what you have to do to get Leonard Williams! Who the hell is on this dline other than Vea? Nassib had a career year but he would be getting much more attention towards him without GMC and JPP. Of course no one, including Licht, was going to know JPP was going to break his neck.

    Many Licht haters out there, but an at least above average if not serious move will be made at DE. If he doesn’t and Anthony Nelson doesn’t have a great rookie year, I’m all for kicking Licht’s arse to the curb, also.

  31. Buccaneric Says:

    Hall of Fame? Lol.

  32. 813bucboi Says:


    he has value….just not 13mil worth of value…..

    smitty has NO VALUE….

    GO BUCS!!!!

  33. tmaxcon Says:


    smitty has NO VALUE….

    smitty’s defenses were almost as unwatchable as dungy the clowns offenses so when is smitty going into the ring of underachievement next to the other failures.

  34. Bucnjim Says:

    Well it should make sense now what McCoy was saying when he said his back was against the wall. The Bucs simply informed him take a pay cut or be cut. Now here we are so it may work out for both parties. I know I am ready to move on from the constant drama.

  35. SOEbuc Says:


  36. #1bucsfan Says:

    Seriously laughing out loud to all the tmax jokes. BK wouldn’t even employ tmaxipad. He’s got a better shot at whipping old folks butts in nursing homes

  37. DooshLaRue Says:

    Good God Joe…… make that ridiculous picture go away forever.
    What a joke.

  38. Waterboy Says:

    At what price do they want him?

  39. ARGH_M8E Says:

    Do something, and do it quick! I like Suh as a temp fix… Get it done

  40. SCBucsFan Says:

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

    What real fans already know is you are a joke. Actually I’m pretty sure the sheep know too.

  41. martinii Says:

    Saw where 93 already getting interest from Cleveland. I agree with many that his level of play was beginning to diminish, and being in salary cap hell made him an instant fix to that dilemma, however I still believe he gave us several good years of work and rarely had help on the D-line, I don’t believe Suh or Williams is the answer, only puts us back in financial stress, The only alternative is for BA and company to coach up what we have and maybe try to pick-up some help when final cuts take place. On a side note what really is sad to me is all the fans cheering his dismissal as if he was a liability to the Buc’s. One man does not determine the success or failure of a team, 93 gave us at least 6 great years and 3 good years at the 3 technique. Granted the Buc’s didn’t win but where were the other 10 players on defense. I hope he signs with a team that gets to the playoffs, I hope he eventually gets into the ROH. He is a dedicated professional and I wish more Buc fans ackknowledge that and ignored these self proclaimed Know-it-alls trying to draw attention to themselves and have little interest in the sucesss or failure of the Buccaneers.

  42. Dewey Selmon Says:

    If McCoy plays for anyone else @ 9-10 mil per year that will prove he didn’t want to be here. He could of taken a pay cut. He was in the last draft class (Bradford, Suh) that received a huge first contract. He could of taken a cut, he just doesn’t want to play in a 3/4 defense.

  43. gotbbucs Says:

    I hope he goes to another team and I dont have to read story after story about him anymore. Not likely though considering these guys go from 6 to midnight anytime they hear his name uttered.

    They spent all of last offseason surrounding him with proven veterans on the dline and he kicked in what, a dozen and a half tackles and half a dozen sacks? He got his chance to be what people here think he is and spat in all of your faces. He’s gone, can we move on? Please?

  44. Race to 10 Says:

    That didn’t take long? That was known weeks ago. Sure gonna be hard to replace those 38 tackles and 6 sacks hahaha get outta here. This is big news because it’s the offseason, they’ll do just fine without him.

    Everyone expects him to be wanted, it’s funny how your posting this article forgetting to mention absolutely no one wanted him at 14 million basically proving he wasn’t worth it.

  45. SCBucsFan Says:

    Dewey why would he want to be here? The tacos?

  46. JimmyJack Says:

    One of the local yankees who covers the Bucs said that we will miss McCoy when he is gone.

    What exactly are we going to miss? His 6 meaningless sacks that he racks up on a losing effort?…….Gerald’s defense getting torched down the field to gag up fouth quarter leads?…….How about Gerald’s defense chocking up 4 TD leads against Carr and Cousins? Are we going to miss the Gerald Captioned teams that flat out quit on the field?

    How about getting into meaningful game(cowboys 2016) and Gerald’s defense allowed them to run a one dimensional offense and let Zeke beat us nearly single handed? Are we going to miss that……….Somebody freaking tell me!!!!! What are we going to freaking miss?? I been trying to figure it out all freaking day and got nothing.

    I think it was Joe’s boy from the Times that said it.

  47. joestang Says:

    How can anybody say we are a better team than last year. We are outsmarted on every move we make by smarter GM’s than Licht. Who gives up a starting player for nothing. Everybody says wait and see what the new coaching staff will do. If you think this coaching staff will win 10 or more games with this club GOOD LUCK. Licht has set this franchise back 5 years. The only thing we will be competing for is for last place in NFC south and high draft pick. I have been a fan since 1978 and this might be the worst of times for this team.

  48. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Who will the joes include more in articles this year GMC, Darrell Henederson, or Tua?

  49. FireJasonLicht Says:

    @ DRome
    Why would the Browns pay Gmac 15 mil a year when they wouldn’t even trade for him at 13 mil?!?!🤦‍♂️

  50. tmaxcon Says:

    FireJasonLicht Says:
    May 21st, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    @ DRome
    Why would the Browns pay Gmac 15 mil a year when they wouldn’t even trade for him at 13 mil?!?!🤦‍♂️

    d-rome is making fun of BONZI for guaranteeing teams would be lining up to pay cancer93 15 million if he was available. Bonzi also guaranteed multiple teams would offer multiple high round picks for cancer93 if she became available on trade market.

  51. Jean Lafitte Says:

    Bird Says:
    May 21st, 2019 at 10:59 am
    There will be more teams interested in McCoy then just the browns

    yeah, for less money

  52. 813bucboi Says:


    so now that GMC is gone, you want to trash tony…..another black man….huh….nice look….

    smitty couldnt hold tony’s nuts if he was giving him a physical….lol….

    GO BUCS!!!!

  53. SCBucsFan Says:

    813 I don’t believe he is a racist. He’s just a moron.

  54. tmaxcon Says:


    has nothing to do with color loser…. it has to do with onfield failures that are given a free pass by low standard bucfan…. dungy is a hypocrite clown that accomplished nothing as a bucs head coach but choking in the post season and wasting sapp…

    love the punks that play the race card when I wave sapp and jameis flags daily you simply can’t handle the truth… dungy does not deserve a free pass he failed

  55. tmaxcon Says:


    again dungy the clown and mckay’s offensive units were equally as unwatchable as mike smith’s defenses so maybe it’s you that has the race problem considering they both embarrassed the sport of football one with bad offenses who you give a free pass and the other with historically bad defenses. maybe it’s your true colors coming out!

  56. Snook Says:

    This site is so blind for McCoy. Amazing how comments are made about Kwon not being that big of a loss considering he was the leader of such an awful defense…. yet the guy who’s been here the longest is all of a sudden a big loss.

    Give me a break. Yes, he’s wanted in Cleveland. For way less than $13M. I’m sure the Bucs would’ve kept him for less too.

    Guess what — McCoy isn’t a game changer. The team he’s on won’t change that.

  57. TBUC North Carolina Says:

    All of the other GM’s laugh behind their backs at Gump!!!!

  58. Joe Says:

    This site is so blind for McCoy. Amazing how comments are made about Kwon not being that big of a loss considering he was the leader of such an awful defense…. yet the guy who’s been here the longest is all of a sudden a big loss.

    You are making Joe’s point. First, how many Pro Bowls did GMC make? Joe never suggested he was a Hall of Famer (he’s not). So are you saying NFC South offensive coordinators were all conspiring to con Joe about GMC? And other GMs too?

    Kwon did what exactly? Oh, he stomped and snorted and brayed on the field (cartoon character) and rode his imaginary pony when he made a tackle. You know, style over substance?

    He may have been the leader of the worst football defense mankind has ever seen, but he looked cool doing it.

  59. bucs4ya Says:

    Here’s the thing yes McCoy should’ve been traded last year or even the year before but then you’re telling Dirk that it’s ok the defense sucks we took away your captain. I’m glad he’s finally gone I think the team needed a new leader and culture change. Not this guy telling rookies “just enjoy being a rookie” or telling Kwon “I like playing with you because I know winning or losing you just want to have fun.”
    Maybe now someone will step up and say like Sapp did “this $hlt stops now” as much as I think Licht has messed up we would’nt have the staff we have now (which I’m excited about) if it weren’t for him. Let’s see what splash move they make now that some money is free.

  60. Buccfan37 Says:

    This GMC dissing is contagious while he got paid over 100 million dollars. Why would he care what anybody thinks?

  61. Bucsfanman Says:

    I can’t wait for the reverse honeymoon to be over.
    “GMC this…”
    “GMC that…”
    No matter what you think GMC is NOT solely responsible for the losing culture. The GLAZERS are!
    Simply put, it was time for GMC to go.
    Now, who do you replace him with?

  62. GhostofSchiano Says:

    A-train says “When he agrees to play for another team for less than 13 million that will show his Loyalties

    No one will pay him 15 million when they could have had him for 13 million

    GMC will take less if he wants to play and Joe wonders why so many Fans are down on GMC



    not a sheep

  63. GhostofSchiano Says:

    Joe keeps harping on PRO BOWLS. Brady said it best to a team mate that was butt hurt he wasn’t selected to the pro bowl. Brady said ” We dont play for pro bowls, we play for championships”

    mic drop

  64. GhostofSchiano Says:

    It was Brandon spikes


  65. philip smith Says:


  66. Defense Rules Says:

    @tmaxcon … “smitty’s defenses were almost as unwatchable as dungy the clowns offenses”. Since you’re only 12 now tmax, I know for sure you weren’t around when Tony Dungy was our coach. So let me tell you a little about those years, when us grown-ups were die-hard Bucs fans.

    Dungy inherited a team that was pretty bad when he became HC in 1996. That first year was a ‘set the foundation’ year with a whole new coaching staff & quite a few new players. (Sound familiar yet?). They put their emphasis on DEFENSE early-on, and we improved from the #12 defense in 1995 to #8 in 1996 to #2 in 1997 … in POINTS ALLOWED. Bucs’ defenses ranked in the Top-10 using the POINTS SCORED criteria (the only one that REALLY counts)

    Tony’s offenses weren’t nearly as bad as you make them out to be, considering that the 1995 team he inherited was ranked #29 in POINTS SCORED (238 to be exact) with Trent Dilfer at the helm. The offense improved all the way up to #18 by 1998, scoring 314 points with Dilfer still as our QB. Dilfer started the first 11 games in 1999, but was replaced in that 11th game by rookie Shaun King, who finished out that season & led the Bucs to 5 out of 6 wins & a playoff berth (losing 11-6 to the Rams). King started all 16 games that next year (2000) too, leading the Bucs to a 10-6 record and a #6 ranked offense … 388 points scored … and a playoff berth (lost to the Eagles).

    So let’s see tmaxcon … neither Jon Gruden nor Raheem Morris’ teams ever came close to scoring 388 pts in a season. Greg Schiano’s 2012 team did however … 389 pts. So did last year’s team … 396 pts. Those are the only 3 teams in Bucs history that are in that category (none of the rest even came close to that level of offensive production).

    You might want to get you facts straight tmax BEFORE you go mouthing off about Tony Dungy being a clown. I think most JBFers know who the clown around here is.

  67. Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:

    “Who will the joes include more in articles this year GMC, Darrell Henderson, or Tua?”

    I’m thinking the future legend, Darrell Henderson.

  68. 813bucboi Says:


    sapp and tony both have rings…..sapp brought the bucs a ring….tony brought indy a ring….

    smitty failed in atl and tampa….

    what are you talking about…..

    if thats the case, lee roy selmon shouldnt be in the ROH because he aint win sh!t down here….

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  69. Jean Lafitte Says:

    I wish Joe would quit using the pro bowl like it’s some sort of badge of honor. It’s a popularity contest for Christ sake.

  70. BigMacAttack Says:

    The Browns don’t need him. He’s not worth half of what he wants. They’re doing a good job building their defense and GMC would be a waste and a cancer just like was here. Just say no, Cleveland😂