Lovie Smith keen to tie down Gerald McCoy to new deal

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith says that Gerald McCoy is someone the team "wants to stick around", as he enters the final year of his rookie contract.

New Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith has admitted that tying down defensive tackle Gerald McCoy to a new contract is a "priority" for the franchise.

McCoy was drafted by the Buccaneers in 2010, and the team is keen to see the two-time Pro Bowl star extend his stay as he enters the final 12 months of his rookie deal.

"I think Gerald signing is very important," Smith told Pewter Report. "The first guy to contact me when I was sitting in my basement down there in Chicago was Gerald McCoy. He said, 'I can't wait to get started.'

"I know right now he's going to be one of our leaders. Through free agency, Gerald was popping up on the phone quite a bit, texting me, excited about who we're getting, what we're doing with his new teammates.

"So yes, him staying is definitely a priority. He's a guy that we definitely want around for a while, to say the least."

McCoy recorded a team-high 9.5 sacks last season, though the team struggled and missed out on a playoff place.

Quarterback Josh McCown of the Chicago Bears looks to pass in the third quarter against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on October 20, 2013
Read Next:
Josh McCown joins Buccaneers
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account