The Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens are among the three or four teams that free agent defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is strongly considering acco
The Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens are among the three or four teams that free agent defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is strongly considering according to Cleveland.com. The Browns were not the favorite to land the free agent, however. McCoy visited Cleveland Friday and it went very well. He returned home to Florida yesterday to spend the holiday weekend with his family. McCoy will visit the Ravens Tuesday because he had already committed to visiting them according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, but the Browns are ‘very much still in it.’
Cleveland.com said the visit actually began Thursday night when he had dinner with coaches and personnel executives. The Browns and Ravens are viewed as the front runners to him the veteran. He could potentially take one other visit after visiting Baltimore.
According to the report, the Cincinnati Bengals and Carolina Panthers are also interested in signing the 31-year old. The New England Patriots are not known to be involved. The Los Angeles Chargers and Indianapolis Colts are a few other teams that have been reported as potentially having interest.
The interest in McCoy has been corroborated for months and now twice since yesterday’s news on our ‘Rumor Central’ forum for VIP members. More details were offered.
Offensive coordinator Todd Monken has spent the last three seasons in Tampa Bay with the defender. He acknowledged Wednesday that General Manager John Dorsey has asked him about McCoy.
“I will keep that to myself. I think a lot of Gerald. I just said I will keep it to myself then I said something,” he laughed.
“I think a lot of Gerald. Gerald has had a tremendous
Defensive coordinator Steve Wilks does not know much about the defensive lineman beyond his abilities on the field.
“I think he is a good football player. I know he is out there now, and that is pretty much it.”
Money is no issue for Cleveland, particularly in the short-term. They have $33,351,846 in salary cap space according to the daily generated NFL Player’s Association, which is fifth in the NFL behind the Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers.
It is unclear what McCoy might be seeking financially. He was scheduled to make $12.5 million or more each of the next three seasons. Tampa Bay could not find a trade partner on those terms so he will receive less than that realistically.
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The former No. 3 overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft has recorded 297 tackles, 54.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, 21 pass deflections and 41 run stuffs in his career. Last season, he recorded 28 tackles and six sacks. The Oklahoma product has been able to maintain his health as well. With the exception of the 2011 season in which he missed ten games, McCoy has missed a total of 11 games over the eight seasons of his career.
The Oklahoma City native has appeared in six Pro Bowls.