Gerald McCoy attends Haloti Ngata’s retirement press conference
Free-agent defensive tackle Gerald McCoy attended Haloti Ngata’s retirement press conference with the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday. McCoy came on his own:
Interesting Gerald McCoy note: the free-agent defensive tackle came on his own to attend Haloti Nagata’s retirement press conference. He sat in the back row and then left.
— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) May 29, 2019
The 35-year-old Ngata announced his retirement from the NFL via Instagram post on March 18:
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Just a man standing on top of the world with a heart full of gratitude. Thank you Lord for letting me play the game I love for 13 unforgettable years. I’m retiring on top. I might be finished playing football, but I’m holding tight to the friendships, memories and wisdom I’ve gained along the way. “Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.” Walking away with no regrets, just peace in knowing I gave it my all and had a helluva lot of fun doing it. 💪🏽 #kissestotheskyformomanddad @ravens @detroitlionsnfl @philadelphiaeagles
Ngata spent nine of his 13 years in the league with the Ravens. Baltimore made him the 12th overall pick of the 2006 NFL Draft out of the University of Oregon.
Ngata was durable during his stint in Baltimore. He suited up in 135 games for the Ravens and missed just nine. The team traded him to the Detroit Lions for a fourth-round draft choice and a fifth-round selection in 2015.
After spending three seasons in Detroit, Ngata signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles in March 2018.
Ngata concluded his NFL career with 515 tackles, 32.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, and five interceptions.
News of McCoy at Ngata’s retirement press conference comes as a bit of a shock. Is he going to sign with the Ravens? The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released the 31-year-old McCoy on May 20, and he has been on the hunt for a new team:
Free agent DT Gerald McCoy’s visit to the #Ravens has essentially ended, though his agent and the Baltimore brass will now speak to see if they can do a deal. At this point, it’s #Browns or #Ravens for McCoy. If the price isn’t right, McCoy could visit a third team.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 29, 2019
McCoy has made it clear he wants to play for a contender. The Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, and Baltimore Ravens have been mentioned as the teams most interested in his services, and now he also has a meeting set up with the Carolina Panthers.
Gerald McCoy’s decision has his suitors waiting in suspense. However, his presence at Ngata’s retirement press conference could be a potential teaser for Ravens fans. If he does sign with Baltimore, he should help them make a serious Super Bowl run in the 2019 NFL season.