With the early departure of Robert Quinn on the opening day of free agency, Dallas quickly signed his replacement in Gerald McCoy. The former Panther and Buccaneer will add some much-needed experience to a group in need of help, but still leaves Dallas short of major QB pressures.
Now 32, Gerald McCoy has 59 career sacks, 153 QB hits, and 86 tackles for loss in his 10 years in the NFL. He will add a good deal of stout and disruption to a defensive front that finished 19th in sacks in 2019 with just 39. Robert Quinn accounted for 11.5 of those.
Gerald McCoy brings experience
A six-time Pro Bowl selection, Gerald McCoy joins after one year with the Panthers in which he registered 5.5 sacks. He spent the previous nine years of his career in Tampa Bay, where he started a minimum of six games every season and registered 54.5 sacks in 123 games.
McCoy is a great locker room guy and plays the team game so his sack totals don’t always reflect his overall impact on the game. Former teammate Lavonte David is full of praise from his time playing with Gerald McCoy. “Every week Gerald’s a guy who offenses are keying on.”
“I’m sure he’s one of those guys who they circle automatically, because the way he gets off the ball, the way he penetrates – if you get him one-on-one with an offensive lineman, it’s a done deal.”Embed from Getty Images
“He disrupts plays to allow guys like me to flow around and make tackles,” said David. “He disrupts throws, he just blows things up in the backfield. He’s a guy who I really appreciate, especially as a linebacker I really appreciate him.”
Dallas are still expected to look to further address the defensive line in free agency, and potentially in the draft where we have the 17th overall selection.
McCoy’s contract is 3-years and $18.3 million with $9 million guaranteed. With a cap hit of just $4.35 million in 2020, it gives the Cowboys some much-needed wiggle room to make a deal with Dak Prescott after the signing of Amari Cooper last weekend.