After playing the first nine years of his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Gerald McCoy will play against them twice next season as a member of the Carolina Panthers.
Two weeks after the Bucs released him, McCoy has elected to join the Panthers. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the news moments ago.
The Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns also pursued McCoy. One has to think the opportunity to face off against his old team played a role in his decision.
Tampa Bay previously cited money as the reason for releasing McCoy after nine productive seasons. They wound up signing free agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh as a replacement.
Former Buccaneers’ DT Gerald McCoy is signing with the Carolina Panthers, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 3, 2019
The No. 3 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma, McCoy made six Pro Bowls during his time in Tampa. He was a three-time first-team All-Pro selection as well.
In 123 games, McCoy totaled 297 tackles, 54.5 sacks, 21 passes defensed and six forced fumbles.
This fall, the Panthers and Bucs play on September 12 in Carolina and on October 13 in London, England.