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Gerald McCoy said Wednesday he is peeved that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers gave his No. 93 away so quickly to Ndamukong Suh after releasing him and that he feels disrespected by the lack of communication he had with the team’s new coaching staff.
The defensive tackle had previously been mostly quiet about the Buccaneers, who released him last month after nine seasons with the team, but he took a different tact on Wednesday when he was a guest on FS1’s “The Undisputed.”
McCoy, who was selected for six Pro Bowls and was an All-Pro four times with the Buccaneers, said that the franchise kept the jersey numbers of other noted players out of circulation after they left the organization, mentioning Warren Sapp, John Lynch, Derrick Brooks, Lee Roy Selmon and Ronde Barber in particular. He feels he deserved the same treatment.
“I’m one of the best players to ever play in the organization. I’m going to say it — usually I wouldn’t, but I’m going to say it. It kind of shows the respect and how they feel about me,” he said.
McCoy signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers earlier this month after also