The free-agent defensive Gerald McCoy may be moving to from the AFC North to the NFC team.
The six-time Pro Bowl player is scheduled to visit the Carolina Panthers on Thursday after paying visits to the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens last week without forging a new contract deal.
According to a new report, the Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera shared on Tuesday that McCoy could help them, in the upcoming 2019 NFL season which is shifting to a 3-4 base.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released the former Oklahoma Sooners football star earlier May after a nine seasons stints and quickly filled his position by signing fellow veteran defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to a one-year contract deal.
McCoy, who was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers third overall in the 2010 NFL Draft, expressed a forceful liking to sign with a contender before his free agency tour kicked off. The 31-year-old Oklahoma City native moved on to the Ravens after failing to secure a deal with the Browns in the past week, with one says his visit had been “great” and “the Ravens (were) hoping he doesn’t leave town without a contract.”
However, it seemingly didn’t take place, though, even after his stay in Baltimore was extended from Tuesday into Wednesday as his time with the Ravens has essentially came in to an end with no contract deal in place.
NFL Media reported on Wednesday that McCoy was trying to start a bidding war between the Browns and Ravens, which apparently didn’t employ.
As for his visit in Cleveland, Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens said that the franchise is still hoping to ink McCoy. Kitchens added that the organization is fine with him visiting other teams because they want the defensive footballer to be “all in” should he play for to Browns.
It was reported earlier this month that McCoy was “strongly considering” Cleveland and Baltimore in addition to “three or four teams” that he could sign “in a week or two.”
McCoy had 54.5 sacks and made six Pro Bowl appearances during his stint with the Buccaneers.