The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released defensive tackle Gerald McCoy on Monday. As the saying goes, one person's trash could be another person's treasure.
By no means is it likely McCoy lands with the Atlanta Falcons, but Atlanta should definitely look into adding the former All-Pro defensive tackle.
McCoy has been an elite player throughout his career. Last season, he posted 6.0 sacks with 28 combined tackles and 21 quarterback hits. He didn't receive a Pro Bowl bid for the first time since 2011, but McCoy's sack total was the same as 2017, and his 21 quarterback hits was the second-most for an individual season in his career.
At 31, McCoy won't continue to produce those numbers much longer, and Tampa Bay was probably correct to release him because he was due $13 million in 2019. But he's still an elite player that would certainly be a great help to the Falcons.
In his nine-year career, McCoy has posted 54.5 sacks, 296 combined tackles and 140 quarterback hits in 123 games. He also has 22 pass defenses and six forced fumbles.
McCoy, who the No. 3 overall pick in the 2010 draft, made the Pro Bowl every year from 2012-17.
In order to make this possibility a reality, though, Atlanta will have to sign defensive tackle Grady Jarrett and wide receiver Julio Jones to new contracts sooner rather than later. Signing both to extensions should alleviate some cap space and thus open up enough room to add McCoy.
Right now, the Falcons have about $1.25 million in salary cap space according to Spotrac.com.