At the moment, there is plenty of uncertainty concerning long time defensive tackle Gerald McCoy’s future with the Bucs.
While there are certainly many fans who would love to see the defensive tackle return, there are also countless NFL analysts and fans alike who do not believe he is worth the 13 million dollars he would earn in 2019 if Tampa Bay keeps him on the roster.
One of those who want to see him gone is former Buccaneers offensive lineman Ian Beckles. In the last edition of his weekly podcast “In the Trenches”, Beckles put his main focus on Gerald McCoy. He had very harsh words for the Buccaneers’ 2010 first round pick,
“Gerald McCoy is the most overblown athlete I’ve ever seen! … I like a certain type of athlete… the guy who will fight you in an alley, that’s the guy I want, not the guy who’s self-promoting and telling me how good he is… Don’t tell me how good you are, you have 16 games to show me… I don’t want to hear about it… You could fight, but you don’t! You’re not a fighter. He ain’t a badass. He’s a follower who’s acting like a leader… That’s not my type of dude.”
Beyond that, Beckles’ backs up his opinion with stats and claims that McCoy is gone for sure. Without a doubt, this is a tough pill to swallow for the former Oklahoma Sooner.
Whether or not Ian Beckles is right remains to be seen. He does have a point in regards of 13 million dollars being too much for McCoy at that point in his career, especially with the cap salary issues Tampa Bay is having at the moment.
However, does the Buccanners front office feel the same way? The near future will finally provide clarity about this lasting issue.
If you would like to listen to the full podcast, you can find it HERE.