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Bucs release Pro Bowl DT Gerald McCoy, Patriots could be interested

By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com

Over the years, the Patriots have been a popular destination for aging players looking for a shot at winning a championship.

It sounds like they could be in the market for the latest NFL cap casualty to fit that profile.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy Monday. He was due $13 million for the upcoming season, an amount the Bucs were unwilling to pay.

According to multiple reports, the Patriots have emerged as a potential landing spot.

Schefter was not the only reporter to suggest that the former All-Pro could end up in New England. Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times also wrote that McCoy could be interested in playing for the Patriots.

"McCoy has already made well over $100-million. At this point in his career, he figured if he’s going to sacrifice salary, it will be to win a championship with a perennial playoff contender like the New England Patriots, who may have an interest in signing the six-time Pro Bowler and reuniting him with former Bucs defensive end Michael Bennett."

According to Miguel Benzan (@PatsCap), the Patriots currently have roughly $3.6 million in available cap space, meaning it could be tough to land McCoy without some financial maneuvering.

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