The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to a seven-year contract extension with defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. The deal, which was first reported by Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, is reportedly worth $98 million with $51.5 million guaranteed.
“From the moment Lovie (Smith) and I arrived here, we knew it was vital for us to keep Gerald in Tampa Bay long term as one of the cornerstones of our franchise,” said Jason Licht, general manager of the Buccaneers. “With the backing of the Glazer family, we were able to accomplish that. On the field, Gerald is one of the best players in the National Football League, who has been extremely productive and will be for years to come.”
The extension will pay McCoy, 26, an average salary of $14 million, making him the highest-paid defensive tackle in the NFL. In five games this season, McCoy has logged 17 tackles, including six for loss, and two sacks.
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