New England Patriots

Oct 5, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) sacks New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

By Matt McCarthy,

When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy last week, the Patriots were among the first teams rumored to be interested in his services.

But for now at least, it seems like the chances of McCoy ending up in Foxboro are diminishing.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Browns and the Ravens are considered the favorites to land McCoy after he visited Cleveland and Baltimore this week.

Rapoport went on to say that the Ravens are very interested in signing McCoy, but it remains to be seen if the two sides can agree on money. In an appearance on NFL Network, Rapoport added that the Carolina Panthers are monitoring the developments with McCoy’s market.

It’s fair to wonder if the Patriots are being priced out of McCoy’s market. The Pats have just under $5 million in cap space available according to Miguel Benzan of The Boston Sports Journal.

McCoy was owed $13 million by the Bucs before his release.

The Patriots interest in McCoy was first reported by Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. Adam Schefter of ESPN also suggested the Pats could look to bring McCoy in.

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