The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have started the process of negotiating a contract to retain their standout defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, according to a report from ProFootballTalk.com.
McCoy has already said that he has no plans of holding out of the Bucs training camp to wangle an extension, but that’s not going to stop the team from trying to keep arguably their best defensive player happy.
Per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Bus GM Jason Licht has been in contact with McCoy’s agent Ben Dogra about a new deal. for McCoy.
Locking down McCoy before camp starts would be a great move for the Buccaneers, who will need every defensive edge they can get in a division as loaded with potent offenses as the NFC South.
Both of the premier defensive tackles that are due for new deals — McCoy and Detroit’s Ndamukong Suh — will be using Geno Atkins five-year, $55 million extension from the Cincinnati Bengals last season as a measuring stick.
In the case of the Buccaneers, anything close to that contract amount would be money well spent, as McCoy has been one of the most disruptive and dependable defensive tackles in the league since joining the team in 2010 as the number three overall pick in the draft.