The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hit the National Football League community with the news of the week after announcing that they would be mutually parting ways with longtime veteran defensive tackle Gerald McCoy for cap reasons. The situation had been brewing as the offseason continued to carry on, as it was widely reported that McCoy was unhappy with his contractual situation, having none of his $13 million guaranteed for the 2019 season.
In 123 games, McCoy has collected 54.5 sacks, 140 quarterback hits and 79 tackles for a loss.
The Stars captured their 11th national title last season and have won two of the past three titles.
Although the Browns already have Larry Ogunjobi and Sheldon Richardson to man the interior of their defensive line, adding McCoy would provide a three-man rotation that could make life miserable for opposing offensive lines. For a veteran player who's never tasted the playoffs and has seen his team go 52-92 during his career, that offer may be worth taking a discount.
However, McCoy still has better numbers. McCoy would give them just that.
McCoy's 2018 stat line wasn't overly impressive - six sacks in 14 games - but the impact he made didn't always show up on the stat sheet.
And McCoy's rate stats - especially after he returned from injury in Week 9 - paint a much brighter picture. Tampa Bay had reportedly been attempting to trade McCoy but apparently found no suitors to take on his $13 million salary.
If he joined this defense he would be put in a position to do even better than that.
Without getting outside help, the Bucs will have to hope that last year's first round pick, DT Vita Vea, develops into a defensive bulldozer to help make up for McCoy's absence.