NFL free agency rumors: Baker Mayfield recruiting Gerald McCoy as decision looms

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Baker Mayfield is recruiting Gerald McCoy to join him in Cleveland.

While speaking Saturday at his youth ProCamp, the Browns quarterback acknowledged he’s been trying to convince the free-agent defensive end to play with him as he deferred questions to the team’s upcoming minicamp.

“I have been, but we’re going to stick to just camp questions,” Mayfield said, via

McCoy, a fellow former Sooner standout, had posted earlier Saturday on his Instagram story that he was up and moving at the gym preparing for minicamp somewhere.

“A lot to think about!!” McCoy wrote, with the time stamp of 7:13 a.m. emblazoned at the top. “This is how I clear my head. Going to work!!”

The Buccaneers released McCoy last 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 last month. He visited the Browns and Ravens in the last week but left both teams without a deal, though Cleveland is reportedly still interested.

Despite McCoy reportedly attempting to start a bidding war between the AFC North foes, Browns coach Freddie Kitchens told NFL Media the team is still hoping to sign McCoy, adding that the team is fine with him visiting other organizations because they want him to be “all in” if he comes to Cleveland.

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.” He added another team to the mix by visiting the Panthers last Thursday, though he left Carolina without a contract as well.

NFL Media reported Sunday that McCoy “will use the coming days to make a decision” before making his move.

It’s worth noting the Browns hold their three-day minicamp June 4-6, while the Ravens and Panthers have theirs June 11-13.

McCoy, 31, initially was drafted out of Oklahoma by Tampa Bay with the third pick in the 2010 draft. He had 54 1/2 sacks and made six Pro Bowls during his time with the Bucs.