The Tampa Bay Buccaneers parted with defensive tackle Gerald McCoy after nine seasons with the team. The Cleveland Browns have now appeared as potential suitors for his services.
There had been rumors about the Browns potentially trading for McCoy this offseason. According to Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com, they reportedly decided not to because his $13 million price tag was too high:
Although the Browns were linked to him, they did not try to trade for him, a source told cleveland.com, in large part because of the high salary.
The prospect of Cleveland bringing him in at a better price is certainly not too far-fetched, considering all the lucrative additions the Browns made this offseason. They already managed to bring in some depth up front after signing defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson to a three-year deal worth $37 million in free agency. They could be trying to get more bang for their buck if McCoy can agree to a cheaper deal.
The Browns are said to be on the “short list” of teams the veteran is interested in. Other teams include AFC North rivals such as the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals.
Gerald McCoy has enjoyed plenty of individual success throughout his career as a six-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro. It is safe to say he will try to join a legitimate contender in order to add a Super Bowl to his resume. No team has generated more hype than Cleveland this offseason. Expectations are now higher than ever. It will be interesting to see if anything comes of his visit.