Extra Points: McCoy, Cooper, Bears

Gerald McCoy spent nearly a decade with the Buccaneers, who have not made the playoffs since 2007. As a result, he is prioritizing a certain type of team as a first-time free agent. McCoy said he plans to sign with a contender, ESPN.com’s Josina Anderson reports.

I want to win,” McCoy said. “I’m not worried about where I’m living. Wherever I got to go to win. … Everybody’s open.”

Thus far, the Browns, Ravens, Bengals, Colts and Panthers have emerged as McCoy suitors. The Browns and Ravens have received or will receive meetings, Cleveland’s occurring over the past two days and Baltimore’s set for Tuesday. The $11MM-AAV offer is believed to have come from a non-contending team. Despite the Browns’ NFL-long playoff drought (16 years), their offseason improvements have this year’s edition profiling as a playoff threat, joining the Ravens and Colts in that regard. Interestingly, the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots no longer appear to be interested in the six-time Pro Bowler.

Here is the latest from around the league:

  • Julio Jones and the Falcons are engaged in contract negotiations, and these talks may well be impacting another NFC team’s re-up discussions with a No. 1 wideout. The Cowboys look to be under the impression Amari Cooper is waiting on the Jones deal before moving forward in his negotiation, Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram tweets. The Cowboys and Cooper are at a stalemate presently, and although Cooper may not have much of a case to be paid more than Jones, the Alabama alums’ age difference (Jones is 30; Cooper will turn 25 next month) may bring their next prices closer together.
  • The Bears are doing some rearranging up front. Former second-round picks Cody Whitehair and James Daniels are switching positions, with Whitehair set to slide to left guard and Daniels to center, J.J. Stankevitz of NBC Sports Chicago notes. A 2016 draftee, Whitehair has started all 48 games in his career and has spent most of that run as the Bears’ snapper. Whitehair played guard at Kansas State, while Daniels — a 2018 draft choice — was primarily a center at Iowa. Both played well last season in their old jobs, Whitehair grading as Pro Football Focus’ No. 10 center and Daniels ending his rookie year as PFF’s No. 29 guard.
  • Additionally, Bears backup running back Taquan Mizzell is now a wide receiver, Stankevitz adds. Mizzell is also in his third Bears season; he only received nine carries in 2018.
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12 comments on “Extra Points: McCoy, Cooper, Bears

  1. afsooner02

    McCoy to the browns is a no brainer…..you shore up that defense and they instantly become a top 3 AFC team.

    • dcahen

      You’re smoking something. Who do they leapfrog to #3 AFC team? Patriots, no. Chiefs, no. Colts, no. Chargers, no. Texans, no. Steelers, maybe but probably not. Ravens, maybe but probably not. Maybe #6 but probably #8.

  2. crosseyedlemon

    Only the Bears would treat their offense like some kind of Lego toy. This will be a disaster.

    • Rondon

      Daniels was a center at Iowa and Whitehair has plenty of experience at guard. Give it a minute. I doubt they did this without reason. It’s early and they can always switch back if it’s not working.

    • therula34

      Why don’t you do some research before posting some dumb ass comment. Whitehair came up as a guard and Daniels was regarded as one of the top 2 if not the best center coming into the draft last year

    • Matt M

      They are both better at the positions they are moving to. I’m confused as to why this will be a disaster

      • Matthew Heywood

        Exactly the only reason they didn’t play Daniels at center last year is because they didn’t want to overwhelm him as a rookie. As center make the line calls

  3. mgrap84

    I think him in Baltimores D would be a scary thing but not sure how he fits. We have Williams, Pierce and Henry. Guess we withs have crazy good depth

  4. highplainsdriftr

    Man. I hope Cooper doesn’t disappear on the Cowboys the way he could for the Raiders. He seems to be determined to get every cent he can, and he knows the Cowboys aren’t going to let him walk.

    • justinkm19

      The Cowboys will trade him if his demands are unreasonable. Jaylon Smith and Vander Esch will need deals soon too. Can’t pay them all.

  5. Matt M

    They are both better at the positions they are moving to. I’m confused as to why this will be a disaster

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