By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Gerald McCoy has made his free agent decision. He has signed with the Carolina Panthers.
He has received a one-year deal with the Panthers. McCoy will be paid $8.5 million for the 2019 season.
With this signing, he now gets to face his former team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who released him in May after nine seasons. McCoy will face the Bucs twice during the 2019, as the Panthers and Bucs are in the same Division.
Plus, McCoy has to see his replacement wear his old number, No. 93. The Bucs gave Ndamukong Suh the number, along with a one-year deal.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the deal can be up to $10.25 million if he reaches all of his incentives. Plus, McCoy is also receiving a $4 million signing bonus.
Schefter said that the Panthers cleared $9 million over the past week that allowed the team to pursue McCoy. Carolina released offensive lineman Matt Kalil — who released in March with a post-June 1 designation — and restructured the deal of wide receiver Torrey Smith.
The NFL Insider said in a tweet that Cam Newton helped McCoy sway his decision to the Panthers instead of signing with the Baltimore Ravens, who were confident he would sign there.
The 31-year-old Oklahoma City, Oklahoma native appeared in 14 games in 2018, including 14 starts. He also had 28 tackles, including six tackles for a loss, and 21 quarterback hits.
He also had 6.0 sacks and one pass deflection.
In his nine-year career with the Bucs, he made 123 appearances, all starts. He also had 296 tackles, including 79 tackles for a loss, and 140 quarterback hits.
He also had 54.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, and 22 pass deflections.