There is a new marquee free agent on the market. The cash-strapped Tampa Bay Buccaneers released former All-Pro defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, the anchor of the Bucs' line for nine seasons. He was owed $13 million, and Tampa, which was right up against the salary cap, let him loose.
Shortly after releasing McCoy, the Bucs quickly turned their attention to the defensive line and signed Ndamukong Suh. Ironically, they were picked No. 2 (Suh) and 3 (McCoy) in the 2010 NFL Draft.
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Teams that may not have wanted to deal with the potentially divisive personality of Suh may leap head-first into the chance to bring on McCoy. There will be no shortage of suitors, and they'll come quickly.
Here are the odds from SportsLine's oddsmakers:
Which team will Gerald McCoy play for in Week 1?
Indianapolis Colts 2/1
Cleveland Browns 4/1
Tennessee Titans 4/1
New England Patriots 5/1
Baltimore Ravens 7/1
Los Angeles Rams 9/1
Los Angeles Chargers 9/1
Jacksonville Jaguars 10/1
Dallas Cowboys 10/1
Atlanta Falcons 12/1
McCoy wasn't released because he was no longer producing. Tampa ranked dead-last in the NFL in salary cap space. The Bucs saved $13 million each of the next three seasons with no dead money issues. They've been trying to trade him this off-season but couldn't make it work.
The durable McCoy has played 123 of a possible 144 games in nine seasons and ranks No. 4 among all DTs in sacks since 2010. Pro Football Focus graded him as the best player on the Buccaneers' defense in 2018.
So where will he end up? Most accounts are that McCoy would like the opportunity to play on a playoff team, something he never experienced in Tampa.
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PICK: The Patriots reportedly were one team looking to make a trade for McCoy, but it didn't materialize. If McCoy is willing to take a pay cut to play for chance at a ring -- and the indication is, that he is -- New England makes a lot of sense. And there's mutual interest.
The Titans are a legitimate darkhorse to bring him in. They need interior line help and were reportedly one of the top suitors for Suh. Tennessee general manager Jon Robinson was the director of playoff personnel in Tampa Bay from 2013-15 before taking the Nashville gig in 2016.
But the Colts can give him a playoff shot, too, and they have one thing those other teams don't: A ton of cap space.
On the field, and there's a personal connection -- Colts defensive line coach Mike Phair was the Buccaneers' assistant line coach in 2014. A big presence in the trenches would make a huge difference for the Colts. Look for Indy to pull the trigger and outspend the others to land one of free agency's biggest fish.