Gerald McCoy
Gerald McCoy
31-Year-Old Defensive TackleDT
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Outlook
As has become the norm in recent seasons, McCoy valiantly toughed out nagging injuries in 2017 to generate another productive campaign. The multi-time Pro Bowler was much more of a presence as a run stopper, coming just three tackles shy of his career-high 50. While his six sacks were his lowest figure in that category since 2012, they still represented an impressive figure for an interior lineman. Notably, this offseason netted the Bucs a nice haul of pass-rushing assets in free agent Vinny Curry, trade acquisition Jason Pierre-Paul and massive first-round selection Vita Vea. The presence of all three should finally give McCoy - who hasn't had the benefit of too many other legitimate pass-rushing threats alongside him in recent years - a respite from double- and triple-teams. That should not only help preserve his body over the course of a long season, but it could well lead to a significant boost in beatable, one-on-one matchups. Read Past Outlooks
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$Released by the Buccaneers in May of 2019.
Set to be released
DTTampa Bay Buccaneers
May 20, 2019
The Buccaneers released McCoy on Monday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
McCoy was owed $13 million for 2019 which led Tampa Bay to seek out potential trade partners over the last few month, but the team was apparently unable to find any suitors and can cut him without facing a dead-cap penalty. The 31-year-old was unsurprisingly not present for voluntary workouts or the start of OTAs last week given his murky status with the team. McCoy spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Buccaneers and seems likely to have numerous potential options in free agency.
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Measurables Review
How do Gerald McCoy's measurables compare to other defensive tackles?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 4"
300 lbs
40-Yard Dash
5.04 sec
Shuttle Time
4.48 sec
Cone Drill
7.32 sec
Vertical Jump
30.5 in
Broad Jump
114 in
Bench Press
23 reps
Hand Length
10.25 in
Arm Length
33.75 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Despite battling foot, ankle and calf injuries in 2016, McCoy managed to miss just one game while racking up seven sacks, five passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. The multi-time Pro Bowler doesn't appear to have lost a step despite having played seven seasons, and he continues to serve as an above-average pocket collapser. McCoy has already vowed to step up his fourth-quarter play in the coming campaign, after notching just two sacks during the final period of games last season and failing to record any quarterback takedowns in the last four games of 2016.
McCoy has been a one-man wrecking ball the last three years, ripping through endless double-teams to total 119 tackles and 26.5 sacks over 2,370 snaps. He did so despite playing through injuries at multiple points, so between a clean bill of health and the added defensive end help of Robert Ayers (free agency) and Noah Spence (second-round pick), there's reason to think McCoy could have his best year yet in 2016. The double-teams will never stop, but at least McCoy might finally have some teammates capable of helping him get to the quarterback.
McCoy finished last season with 35 tackles – 13 for a loss – and 8.5 sacks before missing the final two games of the season with a sprained knee. The former third-overall pick signed a seven-year, $98 million contract extension in October, and will anchor the middle of the Bucs' line for the foreseeable future. His ability to penetrate gaps and wreak havoc in opposing backfields makes him one of the rare talents in the league who can take the pressure off his linebackers to roam freely and make plays, and his output in the sack department makes him an IDP option in many leagues.
After looking like a potential high-first-round-pick bust his first two years, McCoy has now been able to stay healthy and be more much more productive the last two seasons. McCoy had a big year in 2013, as he had 50 tackles (35 solo), a team-leading 9.5 sacks, four passes defensed and one fumble recovery. He's easily one of the top defensive lineman in the NFL now and will look to continue that form in 2014.
McCoy finally put it all together in 2012 as he made his first Pro Bowl with tackles (23 solo), five sacks, five tackles-for-loss, two passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 15 games played. He will look to expand upon those numbers in 2013.
McCoy has been limited to just 19 total games over his first two seasons, while collecting just 29 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles. Hopefully 2012 will be a healthy and productive season for the former No. 3 overall draft pick.
Big things expected from this disruptive and quick defensive lineman who was a the No.3 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. McCoy is expected to start right away and could certainly help the fantasy fortunes of the Buccaneers' defense if he can live up to the hype.
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Absent for start of OTAs
DTTampa Bay Buccaneers
May 14, 2019
McCoy isn't present Tuesday for the start of OTAs, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Absent from voluntary workouts
DTTampa Bay Buccaneers
April 3, 2019
McCoy wasn't present for the start of the Buccaneers' offseason program Tuesday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Could be cut or traded
DTTampa Bay Buccaneers
March 26, 2019
Coach Bruce Arians acknowledged the possibility McCoy won't stay with the Buccaneers for the 2019 season, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports. "[McCoy]'s not as disruptive as he was four years ago," Arians said Tuesday. "He's still a good player. If he's here, he's our starting three (technique)."
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Likely staying in Tampa
DTTampa Bay Buccaneers
February 22, 2019
McCoy is expected to stay in Tampa Bay for 2019, Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Wraps up '18 in solid form
DTTampa Bay Buccaneers
January 2, 2019
McCoy totaled four tackles (three solo) and was credited with three quarterback hits overall in the Buccaneers' 34-32 loss to the Falcons on Sunday. He finished the 2018 season with 28 tackles (17 solo), including three for loss, six sacks and one pass defensed across 14 games.
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