GMC Would “Love” Return To Bucs

March 8th, 2021

Door open for a reunion.

Last week, floated the idea of former Bucs great Gerald McCoy returning to Tampa Bay.

This clearly got the attention of a lot of Bucs fans.

Today, appearing on “The Blitz” co-hosted by Bill Lekas and former Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik, GMC admitted he liked that idea.

After GMC said he is looking for a team that wants to win over a team that will cut him a check with a bunch of zeros, Dominik asked GMC if he wanted to return to the Bucs since they are gunning to go-for-two as defending Super Bowl champions.

GMC didn’t even try to hide his enthusiasm.

“I would love to go back to Tampa,” GMC said. “If there is a situation that I could go there, that would be great. I still have a home there. I love Tampa.

“I grew up a Tampa Bay fan as a kid. I was blessed enough to be drafted there. I always wanted to experience winning in Tampa. So it would be great to be there.”

There are no lingering issues between him and the Bucs, GMC said, strongly hinted there were issues. He wouldn’t elaborate and only would say, “Whatever issues [the two sides had] we worked out last year.”

GMC also was adamant he did not go to the Stinking Panthers in 2019 to get back at the Bucs in any way. Since the Bucs won the Super Bowl, he has spoken with various Bucs at all levels of the organization and is happy for his former comrades.

“I talked to [Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager] Jason Licht,” GMC said. “I talked to the Glazers. I texted all my teammates. … I was really excited for those guys.”

With the Cowboys last year Dallas last year, GMC blew out the tendon in his quad early in training camp. He had to re-learn how to walk and bend his knee. He is just now learning how to run again. GMC said he likely won’t be cleared to be back on a football field until training camps open.

GMC is not looking for a big contract, he said, as his wife is one of his financial advisors and she has invested wisely.

“I want to experience winning before I’m done,” GMC said. “The goal is [the team he chooses to play for] is a win-now situation.”

Despite being in the NFL since 2010, GMC has neither played in a playoff game nor been a part of a playoff team. He had two winning seasons with the Bucs in his nine years here but both times the Bucs missed the playoffs on a tiebreaker (2010 and 2016).

70 Responses to “GMC Would “Love” Return To Bucs”

  1. Brandon Says:

    He has to learn how to run again. That’s a big red flag. Doesn’t sound appealing… even for the team that waves red flags.

  2. Go Bucs! Says:

    Don’t do it!

  3. DaBux Says:


  4. Miller5252 Says:

    Nope. Keep Suh or go do something else. But first go keep Suh. Arians and Licht made the right call a few years ago.

  5. BillyBucFan Says:

    He would be a good rotational piece for the right price.
    I know a lot didn’t like him, but he just couldn’t put us over the top alone.

  6. BillyBucFan Says:

    Dak deal is done

  7. Davenport Says:

    No. Please no.

    His soft attitude aside, he is constantly injured. We’d be lucky to get 6 games out of him.

  8. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:


  9. Chuckstutz Says:

    Pound sand.

  10. Adrnagy Says:

    @ Brandon … lmfoa

    Minimum veteran contract. Doesn’t perform well by week 1. Cut. We need players that are hungry to win. Not just win.

    Dak … good for him. That’s how teams get F***up. 40M a yr.

  11. DoooshLaRue Says:

    You left out the most telling quote from The Soft Cancer:

    “If anybody thinks that football means that much to me that I would make a life decision based off trying to get back at an organization, they don’t know me”

    Yeah Gerald, we know football doesn’t mean that much to you.
    You proved that year after year when you were here.

    I also remember him saying that he felt like he was home when he got to Carolina.

    The guy is such a lying pu$$y.

  12. BuccaneerButters Says:

    Nope. Can’t do it, he’s just not a good player. Plus I never ever saw, heard, or read anything about him being a big impact player. Imagine if we had him instead of Suh with Vea out, we’d be goners. Nice guy, but I really hope we don’t sign him.

  13. Rod Munch Says:

    GRRRRRR…. he’s not mean… GRRRRR!!!!! and he reads comic books, GRRRRR, that makes me so angry, GRRRRRR!!!!!

  14. Bird Says:

    You know the bucs are winners now cause even the biggest troll tmax is not on to say cancer 93. This article was tee’d up for him to jump in with cancer 93. He said that 5-10 times a day
    If he still wanted to trigger people he would have been first in line

    So glad he is gone for good it appears

  15. Adrnagy Says:

    He had to re-learn how to walk and bend his knee.

  16. Adrnagy Says:

    If he walks, runs and is ok bending his knees , then sign him to a vet min contract.

  17. Steven Says:


  18. RachelWatsonsThong Says:

    Can’t remember one single thing he ever did that made a difference. He did make a lot of Glazer dough tho.

  19. Anonymous Says:

    McCoy does not fit this defense. He is not a physical player as this defense needs strength inside. Once an offensive lineman gets his hands on McCoy he is done.
    Just Say No

  20. WillieG Says:

    No. Hell no. Everywhere he goes, the defense gets worse.

  21. BrianBucs Says:

    McCoy does not fit Bowles’ defense. He has always been a speed and finesse player but has never been a physical or strength player which Bowles’ defense needs inside. Once an offensive lineman gets his hands an McCoy he’s done.
    Just Say No

  22. DoooshLaRue Says:

    The only person that really wants him back is also a huge JayMiss supporter.

    Anywho, that guy really knows football.

  23. rrsrq Says:

    Depends on what Nacho does and will they resign McClendon, you lose those two guys he could be there for depth, signing the vet minimum

  24. Pickgrin Says:

    For a vet min contract or close to it?

    Sure – why not…..

    GMC had talent. Anyone denying that is just being silly. You don’t get drafted 3rd overall at the DT position without a LOT of natural God given talent.

    Even at 33 or whatever – its almost certain that GMC would still be an upgrade over Nunez-Roches as a rotational DT.

    And NO – Gerald doesn’t get #93 back – nor his starting job. Those belong to Suh as long as he wants to play here.

  25. Rick Says:

    Sure for the league minimum

  26. Jeffbuc Says:

    There’s a reason we have been number one against the last two years. And we’re getting gashed the previous 9 years. And he is the reason. He wouldn’t be bad as a rotational passing down get after the quarterback pickup. But against the run he is horrible. He gets to much penetration and always over ran the play. Leaving a gaping hole that I could have gained 1600 yards rushing if I played the bucs 16 games. I would run right at him
    And get 4 yards before first contact. He was easily tricked on screens also. No one blocks him and he would keep going up field towards the qb. When every other DT takes 2-3 unblocked steps at the quarterback and instantly says oh crap and runs towards the running back. And the last big knock is he was easily baited off sides. On every third and under 5 every team would give him a hard count and he would take the bait atleast once a game. And come up tapping his helmet smiling as me as a fan am pissed.

  27. Mitch Says:

    That injury can be especially difficult to come back from at any age. It ended of my family members pro sports career at 29. I would probably pass on his offer. He made a lot of money and was the face of a lot of losing /terrible defense sans one five game stretch.

    Enjoy retirement GMC!

  28. RioDeJaneiroBucsFan Says:

    Of course, if GMC agrees to play as a backup for U$ 2M plus incentives, it would be a good value for the Bucs
    But – and I think that Joe will remember this – GMC said several times that he’s a strictly 3-technique DT
    So, he isn’t a good fit for Bowles’ s 3-4 scheme
    I’m not a hater, but the intangibles must be taken into consideration – too soft, bad luck, etc

  29. Bucthis Says:

    Please stop with GM and let’s focus on bringing back LVD and Suh because they are the Brady’s of th defense ( player and coach ) I don’t think Shaq is worth all that money and entirely replaceable!! Also CG has exceeded expectations as a second round pick, but isn’t worth the franchise tag or 20 million a year because we have his replacement ( gets no respect ) in Tyler Freaking Johnson !! I would make a run at keeping Antonio at 8-9 million a year, but I think the more reps Tyler gets ( just look at that clutch catch ) and that should tell you a lot about that young man. Yes CG is a great guy and wish him all the best, but not for that kind of cash especially with Devin, Vea, and others needing to be signed next year. Obviously Brate, Gholston, and going to say Jensen will probably be casualties, but can’t think of the guy who replaced Capps? Aaron something played solid and was very impressed and I keep hearing about Succup and yes he was good, but 4 to 5 million good? Santos and others can replace Ryno and if we can keep most of the D intact and also add some FA we will roll back it back !! Go Bucs and still so proud of our BOYS

  30. Howard Cosell Says:


  31. Buc4evr Says:

    Backup in the rotation at the vet minimum. Sure. Otherwise nope.

  32. Curse of Gruden Says:

    Don’t want GMC in the locker room.
    Just say no.

  33. Issac haggins Says:

    Not even for the league min.
    Nice Guy but thank goodness B A has been around enough to understand the team dynamics to win not give good interviews. Remember early on either 1 st or second game when he said he needed a tougher QB and the whole world cried , Except Brady !! Brady got better a tougher , standing in there a touch longer than he did in first game or two .
    Would hv been circus with MCCoy on the team.

  34. Issac haggins Says:

    Not even for the league min.
    Nice Guy but thank goodness B A has been around enough to understand the team dynamics to win not give good interviews. Remember early on either 1 st or second game when he said he needed a tougher QB and the whole world cried , Except Brady !! Brady got better and tougher , standing in there a touch longer than he did in first game or two .
    Would hv been circus with MCCoy on the team.

  35. Defense Rules Says:

    Bringing back would be wrong on so many levels. He’s hunting. Let him hunt in Carolina or Texas.

    Dak getting $40 mil a year is really interesting. Supposedly $160 mil total over 4 years, with $126 mil guaranteed. Not bad for a QB coming off a major leg injury who only played in 5 games last year.

  36. TampaTown Says:

    Relearn how to walk?!

  37. Swampbuc Says:

    Maybe he could come back and run a day care center at One Buc Place. Or babysit for Brady and Shaq. That would be cool. As far as playing football for the Bucs? LOL!!!!!!!

    Ain’t happening.

  38. Winny Testaverde Says:

    The fan opinion poll is in…looks like multiple hard no’s with one luke warm/weird endorsement…Rod “Robin” Munch wants his Batman back because everybody be mean. Grr.

  39. DoooshLaRue Says:

    TampaTown Says:
    March 8th, 2021 at 9:12 pm
    Relearn how to walk?!

    I thought you said relearn how to talk…….

    He definitely has no problem with that.
    He needs to STFU and go away….. for good.

  40. HomerSimpsonRocks Says:


  41. BuucccNASTY Says:

    Y’all are trippin, for anyone who says Chris Godwin’s back in a Tyler y’all are high as hell… Chris Godwin is AMAZING and YOUNG, and we need to give Tom Brady as many weapons for as long as he has an arm to use them… Shaq is not “replaceable” by any means, but may need to go if we can sign some of these other vet rushers. Wouldn’t love it, but could live with it.

    Your not going to find a Chris Godwin in free agency unless we feel comfortable resigning AB for cheap (YES, he would be cheap relative to his talent for no more than $10mil, maybe less aka as good as Chris Godwin at less than half the price)..

    From there we WILL be able to find value throughout free agency because believe this or not, some players play to win and not just the money (see 2020 free agency) and they know by winning they will have not just more money on their next contract (again, see 2020 free agents and their soon to be 2021 free agent contracts) but for the love of football and the ultimate goal of glory in the highest, AKA The Super Bowl. There will be many lost ducks who lose their homes in the next couple weeks who will love the chance to play with the GOAT and try to boost their value by jumpin aboard for another deep super bowl run

  42. David Says:

    No thanks.
    Focus on returning as many players as possible

  43. mark2001 Says:

    He and Suh are buddies. He could help bring Suh back.

  44. DoooshLaRue Says:

    They’re buddies?

    I guess every Alpha needs his Beta.

    “Hey Gerry, wear that hot pink kimono for daddy tonight”

    “Ah shucks, whatever you want…..I’m just here to have fun”

  45. Just Sayin’ Says:

    GMC doesn’t play 3-4 Defense. Said so himself. Had one winning season and it wasn’t any fun for him. Most overrated player maybe ever. But he made prpbowls, so does that mean LVD isn’t any good because he didn’t?

  46. Iron wombat Says:

    Oh hell no!

  47. adam from ny Says:

    he shouldn’t embarrass him self at this point playing for the bucs as a rotational at the vet league minimum…

    he should prolly hang em up at this point…

    he literally wants to use the bucs for a potential ring at this point…

    he’d have to wear another number too…

    or wear 93 with a tiny little “B” next to the “3”…it would look ridiculous…imagine being player #93B…???

    and all his smily, friendly small talk all the time…nah…

    and love for opposing players in game…

    the team swerved in a different direction the past couple years…


    maybe open a restaurant in tampa called “geraldini’s”…serve real good food, pop in once in a while and small talk the guests…and be a well liked local…

    in the end reality is it’s prolly:


  48. Bruce Blahak Says:

    Just go away…hes still a cancer…the jilted whiner that wont shut his mouth

  49. adam from ny Says:

    what if he signs a very team friendly deal with the saints…


  50. The Red Mirage Says:

    No. No. And no. He’s way past his severely overrated prime.

  51. Pelsbuc61 Says:

    No thank you! Never made a game changing play in all the years he was a Buc. Suh for one more year. GMC is a nice guy but not a player that fits this defense.

  52. Jmarkbuc Says:

    No and Hell no. Took forever to move on last time. Chase your ring somewhere else McIcecream.

  53. Jmarkbuc Says:


    That would be great.

  54. Alaskabuc Says:

    I had to scroll all the way to the bottom of this long list, just to reinforce, NO!

  55. Mtbucsfan Says:

    I’d love to play for Tampa too please!!

  56. AtlBuc Says:

    I would love to see GMC and SUH play together. That would be a runstopping force.

  57. Sport Says:

    First move BA made other than hiring his coaches…was firing GMC.

    2 yrs later and a SB Ring…

    Me thinks Not!

    In BA I Trust!

  58. BuucccNASTY Says:

    That link above is the difference between suh and GMC.. not that I wouldn’t want GMC on a vet min deal, but Suh and him, albeit talent level may be close, we’re never in the same class of beast in the middle..

  59. adam from ny Says:



    tom would be treated like the royalty he is…

    lots of “i’m sorrys”…

    always helping tom off the turf and checking on his wellness…

    and he might even gently slap or squeeze tom’s tush as a sign of camaraderie

  60. adam from ny Says:

    but if he can replace nacho at that same salary then maybe…???

    i hear nacho is as good as gone for more loot out there in free agency…

    nacho was a very good back up..

  61. stvcl Says:

    That’s a hard no from me. After his laughable comment about coming back when he’s inducted into the ring of honor, I’d pass on this overated wuss who’s only a legend in his own mind.

  62. Bucsfanman Says:

    I’m not a fan of bringing him back but, some of the comments here are ridiculous. The defense this team has, ON A BAD DAY, is light-years better than anything we have seen in quite some time.
    He’s not a good fit, leave it at that.

  63. buc15 Says:

    Hell naw to to naw naw naw…Hell naw

  64. rsjcheapseats Says:

    The hate for GMC has always been absurd.

    Not sure if he can still play.

    But the comments in this thread are asinine.

  65. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Depth. He’s earned that role at least.

  66. sincethebeginning Says:

    NO not for any reason or rationale. No freakin way. He is a culture killer. Brady would order a hit on him before training camp was over.


  67. Dlavid Says:

    Stay away from this problem !

  68. UKbuccaneer Says:

    He’s a great player who never had the chance to play on a great team. I’d definitely welcome him back at the right (low) price.

  69. grammarian Says:

    Let him go “home” to Carolina! If only he’d worn glasses or contacts during games… he might have seen what was going on…

  70. View from 132 Says:

    Agree with Buc4evr on this one… maybe slightly above minimum, in the rotation. That could work. Always seemed like a good guy. McCoy just has a lot of haters among the rednecks in the fanbase that still pine for ol’ 99’s antics. When it came down the stretch, rotating in a Vita, Suh and a McCoy is just unfair… plus the dude with two names that played well, assuming he’s here.