Gerald McCoy has found his new home.
The Panthers on Tuesday announced they have signed the veteran defensive tackle to a one-year del.
So we did a thing…
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) June 4, 2019
Financial details weren’t disclosed but McCoy is slated to make $8.5 million in 2019, according to an ESPN report, which cited unidentified league sources.
McCoy, 31, was released from the Buccaneers in April after nine seasons. Tampa Bay decided not to pay McCoy the $13 million he was due for the upcoming year.
He visited multiple teams, including the Browns and Ravens, and was rumored to be considering the Benglals as well but was “wowed” by the Panthers, the report noted.
McCoy will get to play his former team this season, however, it will not be in Tampa Bay as their Week 6 matchup will be in London.
Gerald McCoy left Baltimore thinking he very well might sign there. But Carolina wowed him on his visit; Cam Newton helped recruit McCoy big time, per source. To cap it off, McCoy gets to play his former Bucs team that released him and gave his No. 93 to Ndamukong Suh. Personal.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 3, 2019
The move saddened other teams vying for the six-time Pro Bowl player. After the news broke, Cleveland sent a sad emoji via text, according to another ESPN report.
Text from #Browns source on losing out on Gerald McCoy: “😩”
— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) June 3, 2019
McCoy was initially drafted by the Bucs with the third pick in the 2010 draft. He had 54.5 sacks during his time with Tampa Bay.