NFL free agency rumors: Gerald McCoy to visit Panthers

NFL free agency rumors: Gerald McCoy to visit Panthers

Gerald McCoy may be moving on from the AFC North.

The free-agent defensive tackle is scheduled to visit the Panthers on Thursday after leaving visits with the Browns and Ravens in the last week without a deal, The Athletic first reported.

According to ESPN, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Tuesday that McCoy could help Carolina, which is transitioning to a 3-4 base.

The Buccaneers released McCoy earlier this month after nine seasons and quickly filled the void by signing fellow veteran defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to a one-year deal. 

McCoy expressed a strong preference for signing with a contender before his free agency tour began. He moved on to Baltimore after failing to get a contract in Cleveland last week, with one source saying his visit had been “great” and “the Ravens (were) hoping he doesn’t leave town without a contract.” 

That apparently didn’t happen, though, even after his stay was extended from Tuesday into Wednesday as his time in Baltimore “essentially ended” with no agreement in place.

NFL Media reported later Wednesday that McCoy was attempting to start a bidding war between the Browns and Ravens for his services, which seemingly didn’t work.

It was reported earlier this month that McCoy was “strongly considering” Cleveland and Baltimore in addition to “three or four teams” that he could sign “in a week or two.”

McCoy, 31, initially was drafted by Tampa Bay with the third pick in the 2010 draft. He had 54.5 sacks and made six Pro Bowls during his time with the Bucs.