Cowboys Release Gerald McCoy

It does not appear Gerald McCoy‘s three-year Cowboys contract will make it into Year 1. Following the veteran defensive tackle’s quadriceps injury, the Cowboys are releasing him, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets.

An injury waiver exists within McCoy’s deal, and Schefter adds the Cowboys are using this mechanism to release McCoy (Twitter link). While a standard release would have cost Dallas $7MM, the franchise will move off this contract and pay out just $3MM.

The former top-five pick was due $9MM in guarantees on the three-year, $18MM pact he signed in March. The Cowboys, however, are off the hook for McCoy’s $2.5MM 2020 base salary and $750K roster bonus, Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News tweets. The team inserted this waiver into McCoy’s contract after determining he had a pre-existing quadriceps condition, Gehlken adds (via Twitter).

McCoy is not expected to play this season. He suffered a torn quad earlier this week. The Cowboys have been busy on their defensive line this offseason, adding Dontari Poe, Aldon Smith and Everson Griffen. But McCoy was slated to be a key player for the Cowboys this season. The team has already moved on, with the release showing up on the league’s transaction wire.

The Buccaneers released McCoy last summer, and the six-time Pro Bowler found his way to the Panthers. McCoy played in 16 games last season, registering five sacks to give him 59.5 for his career. His best hope of adding to this total will be a return to health in advance of his age-33 season in 2021.

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22 comments on “Cowboys Release Gerald McCoy

    • jimmyduz0523

      Yeah… Jerry Jones releasing Jerry Jones… Good one. I bet you wasn’t saying that when the Great George Steinbrenner got banned in the 80’s. Couldn’t come up with something better yankeefan…

        • ron swanson

          I can’t stand Jerry but Dallas actually has a very talented roster. Need the right coach to get the most out of them.

        • jimmyduz0523

          troll??? really bro, lol. you have no clue how many times I replied on this app… let me know when u find out. lol

    • jimmyduz0523

      I’m not understanding something… that guy had previous problems with this injury, they have a clause in his contract and Jerry Jones is incompetent… Smh, idk.

      • Breezy

        He/she just wants to rag on Jerry. McCoys quad issue was known, and the contract was structured accordingly. Simple.

      • Dead money is dead money. Don’t sign an injury-prone aging DL in the first place.

          • Yes, those are two other aging DLs the Cowboys signed. Which I suggested is generally a bad idea. What point are you poorly trying to make?

    • kylegocougs

      The pain of tearing a quad is pretty bad, plus the chance of never working again if you can’t return to form isn’t that great for $3,000,000.

  1. Simmons>Russ

    Great offensive, decent coach, sound defensive line. Should spend that extra money on getting in Logan Ryan

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