Has a knack for getting into the backfield, thanks to great size, power, speed, and quickness. An instinctive reactor and deep penetrator who can manhandle blockers with superior leverage and superb hand technique.
Isn't a pure tackler in space and will lose his man at times. Must develop a more consistent first step, and needs work on handling double coverage. Somewhat injury-prone.
Elite defensive tackle.
Career Honors & Awards
Named to play in Pro Bowl
2014, 2013, 2012
Movements & Injuries
Knee injury, injured reserve.
Signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a seven-year contract extension.
Biceps injury, injured reserve.
Ankle injury, out.
Biceps injury, injured reserve.
Signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a five-year contract.
Drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1st round (3rd Overall) in 2010.
Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy signed a seven-year, $98 million extension with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The new deal will average $14 million per year with $51.5 million guaranteed. | 10/25/2014 4:33 PM
Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy signed a seven-year, $98 million extension with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The new deal will average $14 million per year with $51.5 million guaranteed.
The guaranteed money is the most ever awarded to a defensive tackle in NFL history. McCoy had 9.5 sacks and 35 tackles last year on his way to the Pro Bowl. He is 26-years old.
Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is inactive for Thursday night's game against the Falcons. | 09/18/2014 7:26 PM
Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is inactive for Thursday night's game against the Falcons.
McCoy is out with a broken hand, but he is expected to return for Week 4.
Bucs, DT Gerald McCoy begin contract talks | 05/25/2014 11:51 AM
The Tampa Bay Times reports the Bucs and DT Gerald McCoy have begun contract extension talks.
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With the draft now over, McCoy becomes priority No. 1 for the Bucs' front office. The third overall pick in 2010 is entering the final year of his rookie deal and is set to earn a $10.295 million base salary. McCoy has 14.5 sacks the past two seasons and is expected to be a great fit in coach Lovie Smith's new defense. Already the third-highest paid defensive tackle in the league, McCoy will likely command over $12 million annually on his new deal.
Gerald McCoy not considering holdout | 04/15/2014 5:25 PM
Gerald McCoy says he isn't considering a holdout heading into the final year of his rookie contract.
"When they say report to camp, Gerald McCoy will be there regardless of what happens," McCoy said Tuesday. Coming off a monster campaign, McCoy has moved past the injury issues that plagued his first two years in the league. Coach Lovie Smith has called extending McCoy a "priority." He's currently scheduled to make $10.295 million.
Extending Gerald McCoy a priority for Bucs | 03/26/2014 8:29 AM
Coach Lovie Smith said extending the contract of DT Gerald McCoy is a priority.
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McCoy is set to earn $10.295 million in 2014, the final year of his rookie contract. He's coming off a dominant season that saw him pile up nine sacks and four batted passes, getting named a first-team All-Pro for the first time. "We want him around for a long time," Smith said.
McCoy has lost almost 20 pounds | 06/21/2013 4:44 PM
Gerald McCoy has shed about 20 pounds in the offseason.
"That's a lot," McCoy said. "It's just been diet and working. It's taken a lot of focus and dedication." It's unclear what McCoy exactly weighs now; the Pro Bowl defensive tackle is listed at 300 pounds on both the team and league websites, but it's hard to see him playing at 280. Nevertheless, it is likely he's seeking to get quicker.