Per, Dianna Russini of ESPN, the Bengals are interested in signing newly Available defensive tackle, Gerald McCoy. Russini was also the first to report on Marvin’s departure, Burfict’s release, and a couple of the Bengals free agent signings.
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) May 22, 2019
This report, however, does not mean the 6× pro bowler is also sharing the same interest, so don’t get too excited yet Bengals fans. After all, McCoy did say he wanted to go to a contender. Whether or not the Bengals truly are that, no one expects them to be either way, and McCoy may not either.
Former Buccaneers' DT Gerald McCoy wants to sign with a playoff contender, and of course make money. But he wants to win. Spots that would make sense include the Browns, the Patriots, the Chargers, the Jaguars, and the Cowboys amongst others.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 20, 2019
The other part about this, is, of course, the money. There is a reason after all the Bucs cut McCoy and went with a cheaper solution with Ndamukong Suh.
McCoy’s play has regressed and was no longer worth the $13 million hit to the Bucs roster. It is yet to be determined what McCoy values himself at, but if I had to guess, just like his passion on the field, he feels strongly he is worth at least $10 million to a roster.
The #Bengals reportedly have interest in signing DT Gerald McCoy.
McCoy has had 6+ sacks in his last six seasons and has finished with a pass-rushing grade of 90 or above twice in his career. pic.twitter.com/qa57I2ufRa
— PFF CIN Bengals (@PFF_Bengals) May 23, 2019
Although this would be a luxury acquisition for the Bengals and there’s nothing wrong with getting luxury at this point in the offseason, this is too expensive of a luxury.
Cincinnati should not pay McCoy anywhere around $10 million for a regressing D-Linemen to take playing time from developing, younger, players who could contribute at the very least the same amount as McCoy.
However, if the price is right, McCoy would bring depth, quality play, experience to help the younger guys, and passion on the field to a team that needs it.