It looks like Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy will stay with his respective team for another year.
The Philadelphia Eagles have a few immediate needs for this offseason that include running back, wide receiver, and offensive line. However, just because the Eagles need pieces elsewhere, doesn’t mean that they won’t stick to their original gameplan. What’s that gameplan you might ask? It is beefing up the defensive line. By now, we’ve come to the realization that the term “too many cooks in the kitchen”does not apply to the Eagles front office.
General Manager Howie Roseman will never be satisfied when it comes to the defensive line. So if you ever hear that a big named defensive lineman is hitting the market, you better believe that Howie’s thinking what we’re all thinking. So with that, there were rumors that Tampa Bay Buccaneers veteran defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was going to be a cap casualty during this past offseason potentially. Naturally, the Eagles were linked to the former first-round pick.
Do the Eagles have an immediate need for a defensive tackle at the moment? No. But there’s also a chance that one of their own highly-paid veterans gets the boot as well to free up some room. I’m talking about Timmy Jernigan.
Could Jernigan get replaced?
After missing a majority of the 2018 season, there was a slight chance that the Eagles could’ve gotten rid of Jernigan’s contract by releasing him before the season started. The Eagles lack of depth up front made the decision to do that difficult, though. However, Jernigan is not in the clear just yet. Hence the reason why McCoy could’ve been an option. Unfortunately, that’s no longer the case though.
As the Buccaneers cleaned house with their coaching staff this offseason, it turns out that they are no longer going to get rid of their nine-year veteran. Although they are another team that could use some cap space, releasing McCoy is apparently not the way to go about it. According to Tampa Bay Times reporter Rick Stroud, the Bucs are comfortable with keeping McCoy on the books. Now, that leaves one less defensive lineman in the free agency market come March.