*Updated to reflect official Bucs Statement
Gerald McCoy has been informed by the Buccaneers that he will be released officially tomorrow at 4pm after 9 seasons per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.
BREAKING: DT Gerald McCoy has been informed by the Bucs of their plans to release him after nine seasons. The team decided not to pay him the $13-million salary he was owed for 2019.
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) May 20, 2019
The move will save the Buccaneers $13 million against the salary cap. His 2019 was ultimately the sticking point for a Bucs front office who are cap strapped. New head coach Bruce Arians also has commented on how McCoy‘s production and salary don’t match up, and it’s something they would have to address. Well they have finally addressed it, and now Vita Vea will now look to fill that void. And maybe a cap friendly free agent to help fill that gap as well.
McCoy was drafted in 2010 by the Bucs with the third overall pick. Notching 54.5 career sacks.
Statement by GM Jason Licht and Head Coach Bruce Arians Vita Ian Rapoport.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 20, 2019
This is a developing story, stay tuned to Bucsreport.com for further details.