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4 Most Likely Landing Spots for Gerald McCoy After Being Released by Buccaneers

Dan Israeli
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have cut bait with All-Pro defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who was due $13 million this upcoming season after nine stellar years in Tampa.

While the 31-year-old McCoy may have lost a step, he is still one of the top interior linemen in the game. Here are four teams who are most likely to go after adding the six-time Pro Bowler to their defensive front for the upcoming season.

4. Dallas Cowboys

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While McCoy hails from Oklahoma, the former Sooner did name the Dallas Cowboys as one of his favorite teams as a kid growing up 200 miles north of Dallas in Oklahoma City. Despite the Cowboys having almost $20 million in cap space, Dallas is already speeding toward some expensive contract decisions in the next season between Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. So, adding a presence like McCoy could help the Cowboys make another playoff push in 2019.

3. Cleveland Browns

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It's seems odd to consider the Cleveland Browns as an ideal destination for NFL free agents, but the last year has certainly changed some things for the better in "The Mistake on the Lake." While the team is currently loaded with talent on both sides of the ball, the Browns still somehow have almost $14 million in cap space for the upcoming season. And the McCoy recruitment has already started from within, as Odell Beckham Jr. has endorsed the potential move, while the always-vocal Baker Mayfield may be next to lobby for the All-Pro DT coming to Cleveland.

2. Los Angeles Chargers

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Coming off a successful 2018 season, the Los Angeles Chargers have already been rumored as a potential suitor for McCoy by Adam Schefter. While they may not have as much available cash as some other teams ($12.9 million in cap space), adding McCoy to a defensive front that already features Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram wreaking havoc on the ends could be too tempting to pass up. The Chargers also selected former Notre Dame DT Jerry Tillery with the No. 28 overall pick in April's 2019 NFL Draft, so McCoy could also provide invaluable mentorship to LA's young defensive prospect.

1. New England Patriots

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The New England Patriots are another team that always seems to be in play when a big-name free agent hits the market. Still, New England has even less cap space than Los Angeles and just resigned DT Danny Shelton. While McCoy may demand a big pay day, he also expressed the desire to play for a contender. On a year-to-year basis, no team has proven more likely to contend than the Pats, which could make them the most likely suitor to sign McCoy.

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