Bucs Want to Extend Former Sooner Gerald McCoy's Contract

Posted by Gilbert Sam on 1:01 AM
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New coach Lovie Smith has already identified the most valuable player on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' roster.

Speaking at the NFL Annual Meeting on Wednesday, Smith emphasized that it's "very important" to work out a contract extension for All-Pro defensive tackle [and former Sooner] Gerald McCoy.

"The guys who drafted him did a great job," Smith said, via PewterReport.com. "I know right now coming in he's going to be one of our leaders.

"Through free agency, (he said) 'What can I do?' Gerald was popping up on the phone quite a bit, texting me, excited about who we're getting, what we're doing with his new teammates. So yes, that is definitely a priority. He's a guy that we definitely want around for a while, to say the least." (NFL.com)