Report: Gerald McCoy sets up visit with Browns
After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shocked the NFL world and released defensive tackle Gerald McCoy earlier this week, many other NFL teams are beginning to look into signing the standout player.
One of those teams, the Cleveland Browns, has secured the first meeting with McCoy, according to reports.
According to both Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport, McCoy will be meeting with the Browns first as he begins to search for a new NFL home. Currently, the plan is for McCoy to visit the team in the next couple of days, and that the Panthers and Bengals are also in the mix for teams interested in getting to speak with the former Buccaneer.
Free agent DT Gerald McCoy has told interested teams he will visit the #Browns first, sources tell me and @RapSheet. Visit to happen in the next day. Among the other interested teams in the former #Buccaneers lineman are the #Panthers and #Bengals.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) May 23, 2019
Further confirming the news of the visit, Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot spoke with Browns general manager John Dorsey, who confirmed the meeting with McCoy as happening tomorrow.
For Dorsey, the visit is just a chance to get to know McCoy, and see if he’ll fit in with what the Browns are attempting to accomplish this season.
#Browns Dorsey said Gerald McCoy is a “good player. I’ll turn over every rock”….Said the visit tomorrow by McCoy is a chance to get to know him better and see if it’s a fit
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) May 23, 2019
Of course, Dorsey did note that McCoy was a good player, and was simply doing his due diligence in meeting with him.
McCoy was surprisingly released from the Buccaneers earlier this week, with many reports stating that the team did not want to pay his $13 million salary for the year and were unable to find any trade partners for the defensive tackle.
While McCoy likely won’t be commanding a high price tag during his late free agency search, he should be able to land with a team that is looking for some veteran help, and for McCoy, a chance to compete for a Super Bowl might be better than a huge payday.