Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could move on from one or both.
Bucs have deliberately talked both sides of the issue I suspect to muddy the waters. Mission accomplished. But I think one or both could move on now. Last in the NFL in salary cap room. Expect players to be released soon. https://t.co/8pyck9RZg7
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) March 11, 2019
The Bucs front office has made it all, but certain that McCoy will return next season. Despite Bruce Arians and company touting high praise on the star DT. After 9 seasons in Tampa Bay, he has amassed 54.5 sacks and 296 combined tackles. The past two seasons though he has only collected 12 sacks, but has made his presence known on QB pressures and knockdown’s.
There has been some speculation on if McCoy would be a good fit on a Todd Bowles defense that will feature a 3-4 hybrid scheme. Which will offer plenty of other sub-packages. If Arians and Licht do not believe he is a good fit, they could field trade offers for him starting noon tomorrow.
The waters have been just as muddy with speedy WR DeSean Jackson, who has had two underwhelming seasons collecting 1,442 yards and 7 TD’s. Since his $10 million salary isn’t guaranteed either, he would be a prime candidate to become a cap casualty. With that said HC Bruce Arians has heap praise on Jackson as well, and has stated that he wants Jackson to “come home” according to a TMZ Sports report.
As Stroud has stated, if the Bucs intentions were to muddy the waters the have definitely done their job heading into free agency.