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A Former All-Pro DT Is Being Released By His Team

A Tampa Bay Buccaneers helmet sitting on the sideline.

NEW ORLEANS - DECEMBER 02: A '21' sticker honoring the late Washington Redskins player Sean Taylor is seen on the helmets of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before playing the New Orleans Saints on December 2, 2007 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are releasing longtime defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, according to a new report. McCoy had been with the team since 2010.

The No. 3 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma, McCoy made six Pro Bowls and was named to four All-Pro teams during his stint in Tampa. He made first-team All-Pro from 2012-14.

McCoy appeared in 123 of a possible 144 games in nine seasons with the Bucs, starting all of them. He compiled 297 tackles, 54.5 sacks, 21 passes defensed and six forced fumbles.

Money was at the heart of Tampa Bay's decision to move on from McCoy. According to The Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud, the team did not want to pay the $13 million it owed the 31-year-old in 2019.

Stroud added that the Bucs could opt to replace McCoy with free agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

McCoy is entering his 10th season, but can still provide some veteran leadership and production in the trenches for a contending team. He should draw plenty of interest.

Overall, the former Oklahoma star had a heck of a run in Tampa Bay.