Buccaneers Agree to Terms With 1st Round DT Gerald McCoy

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and first-round defensive tackle Gerald McCoy have agreed to terms on a five-year contract, Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times reports.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

McCoy started 40 games at Oklahoma, playing the “3” technique defensive tackle position, where he used his quickness and athleticism to be a disruptive force in the opponents’ backfield. Frequently double-teamed, McCoy posted 83 tackles, including 33 for loss and 14.5 quarterback sacks, with four pass deflections and an interception.

The 6-4, 295-pound McCoy was a three-time All-Big 12 selection (first-team in 2008, 2009) and was named that conference’s Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore. McCoy was a two-time All-American, as well.

With his size, strength, and athleticism, McCoy was viewed by some draft analysts to be a better prospect than Ndamukong Suh, who was chosen one spot ahead of McCoy in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Likened to Buccaneers legend Warren Sapp, McCoy will start next to 2010 second-round pick Brian Price at defensive tackle this season, two major cogs as the Buccaneers' rebuild a run defense that ranked 32nd in the NFL last season.

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