Here we go again Titan fans…
It doesn’t happen a lot that a player with McCoy’s skill set becomes available at the beginning of OTAs. McCoy, a 6x Pro Bowler, was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this week and it resulted in some pretty excited Titans fans…yet again.
The Buccaneers dropping all-time great guy Gerald McCoy just to replace him with less expensive Ndamukong Suh is a reminder to stop yelling at players about loyalty.
McCoy had three years left on the contract they gave him and was thrown in the trash with little regard.
— Allan Bell (@AllanBell247) May 21, 2019
Throughout last offseason, the Titans made a run at DT Ndamukong Suh. The media made it seem as if he had a fantastic visit and loved the players and coaching staff. But when all was said and done, he decided to sign with the LA Rams. Suh was later released by the Rams this year, leading the Titans to not make another attempt at him.
But I expect them to make a good push for McCoy. Here are a couple of reasons why:
Jon Robinson Connections with Tampa Bay
Robinson spent 2013-2015 as Director of Player Personnel for Tampa Bay. He also spent 3 years with Gerald McCoy and from what I’ve seen from Jon Robinson since he took over as GM of the Titans in 2016. if there’s a player he wants, he will go after him aggressively.
Titans Have the Money to Get it Done.
Tennessee has roughly $33 million in available cap space. Signing McCoy to a one-year, $10 million contract wouldn’t be the biggest risk in the world. That will leave them enough cash to lock up Kevin Byard before the season starts.
NFL Cap Space Update
1. Colts $65.8 million
2. Jets $43.8 mill
3. Raiders $38 mill
4. Texans $37.6 mill
5. Dolphins $33.2 mill
6. Bills $29.2 mill
7. Browns $28.2 mill
8. Cardinals $25.9 mill
9. Lions $25.8 mill
10. Titans $24.9 mill
11. 49ers $22.9 mill
12. Ravens $22.8 mill
— IB 🔌 (@incarceratedbob) March 16, 2019
Casey and McCoy Would be Unstoppable.
Since Jurrell Casey was drafted by the Titans in 2011, he hasn’t had a dominant force beside him. Bringing in McCoy would change that. The 6x pro bowler is an absolute monster. The Titans drafted Jeffery Simmons in the 2019 draft and he has been working his way back from a torn ACL back in February. Simmons is projected to be a stud in the NFL, but with the importance of this year for the Titans, they need someone now to step in along Casey. McCoy has 54.5 sacks in 9 years with the Buccs. If there’s one thing the Titans desperately lack, its a pass rush.
Would fit great in the city of Nashville.
McCoy has been known as a “great locker room guy,” as well as what he does on and off the field for the community is absolutely amazing. Also, if anyone knows the Titans, they know they are notorious in having an outstanding locker room. Especially due to the recent NFL Draft, the city of Nashville is on the up and coming.
2019 NFL Draft generates a record in direct spending in Nashville of $133 million.
“The NFL Draft in Nashville outperformed even our lofty expectations and set the bar for future NFL events.”
— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) May 22, 2019
With that being said, if the Titans do not sign him, I sure hope he doesn’t land in the division. As soon as McCoy was released by the Bucs, the Colts and Jaguars appeared a lot as potential teams to land the DT.
We will keep you updated if any more news about McCoy to the Titans stirs up!