Do Patriots have chance at landing veteran DT Gerald McCoy?


It's been a few weeks since Gerald McCoy was released by the Buccaneers, but the veteran defensive tackle is taking his time finding a new team.

The 31-year-old reportedly wants to take less money to play for a contender, so naturally the Patriots have been mentioned, but based on what has happened over the last week or so, they may not be in the mix after all.

McCoy reportedly visited with the Browns last week and then is scheduled to visit with the Ravens on Tuesday.

Last week there was a report that 10 teams are interested in the defensive tackle, including the Panthers, Bengals and Colts, on top of the Browns and Ravens. The offers were said to be in the $11 million range, but money isn't his primary factor as he wants to make sure he plays for a winning team having not yet played in a playoff game.

Just because the Patriots haven't been mentioned doesn't mean they should be discounted all together, but it seems telling that they were not one of the first couple of visits he took.

McCoy has had at least six sacks in six straight seasons and is still considered one of the better defensive tackles in the league.

The Patriots did add a piece up front recently when they re-signed Danny Shelton, so the team has a depth chart at defensive tackle of Lawrence Guy, Shelton, Mike Pennel, Adam Butler, David Parry and Byron Cowart.

McCoy is obviously a huge upgrade over any of those players, but it does not seem like the Patriots truly need to add to that position, especially considering where they are against the salary cap and what a potential McCoy deal would look like.