On May 20th the Buccaneers decided to part ways with six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy after not being able to find a trade partner that was willing to take on the 31-year old defensive lineman and even more so was willing to take on that massive contract that he was under.
There were three teams reported as finalists that would sign McCoy and those teams were the Browns, Panthers and Ravens and as Adam Schefter of ESPN has reported, the Panthers are going to sign the defensive tackle to a one-year deal that could be worth up to $10.25 million and includes a $4 million signing bonus.
Carolina didn’t have a ton of cap space leading up to the past couple of weeks, but they were able to clear $9 million in cap space by releasing offensive tackle Matt Kalil and restructuring the deal of wide receiver Torrey Smith.
It didn’t feel like there was too much of a market for the services of McCoy based on how long it took him to find a deal after being released, but I think this is a great low-risk move by Carolina. Their front seven is already pretty strong and adding a guy who has made the Pro Bowl six times to that front is a good move, especially on just a one-year deal.
The secondary in Carolina isn’t all that strong however, so they will be relying a lot on the front seven to make them a defense that can lead them to some wins in the event that the offense is inconsistent, which is something that has happened with Cam Newton as the quarterback.
This however, is a really smart move by the front office of the Panthers as they look to make it back to the postseason.
As far as this move for McCoy, he has to be excited because he will get the chance to play against the Buccaneers twice this upcoming season. He probably would’ve preferred to get more than a one-year deal, but that wasn’t something that was realistic when it became clear that there weren’t as many suitors for him as you would’ve thought once he was released.
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