After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, reports began to surface that the team had been looking to trade him prior to the fact. While no one knows the specifics of this, it does seem like McCoy was very close to being dealt at least once.

According to a report from Pewter Report, the Bucs and an “undisclosed team” were very close to a deal that would have sent McCoy to the unnamed team for a draft pick or multiple picks. Unfortunately for the Bucs, the deal ended up falling through near the end, which led to the team cutting McCoy rather than paying him his $13 million salary for the year.

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While many fans are angry at the Bucs for cutting McCoy so late, and potentially hurting his chances at getting a bigger payday in the open market, it does seem like the team was genuinely trying to move him first. Now, McCoy will have his choice of what team he’d like to go to, and as he continues to make various visits ahead of training camp starting up, it remains to be seen just what team he’ll end up with.

While McCoy likely won’t be commanding a high price tag during his late free agency search, he should still be able to land with a team that is looking for some veteran help. Of course, a team that can reliably get to the playoffs and compete for a Super Bowl might also be enticing to McCoy, and perhaps more beneficial to him than a big payday at this stage of his career.