Gerald McCoy Says Cowboys Return Is a Possibility in FA, Talks Injury Rehab

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 17, 2021

Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) picks up a penalty flag, during the second half at an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
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Gerald McCoy is open to a return to the Dallas Cowboys as he ponders his options in NFL free agency this offseason. 

McCoy signed a three-year deal with the Cowboys ahead of the 2020 season but was quickly released after suffering a ruptured right quadriceps tendon. The six-time Pro Bowler told TMZ Sports a reunion with Dallas is "definitely a possibility."

In general, McCoy described himself as "healthy now" but still not fully recovered from the quad injury.

"I'm just not at 100 percent," he said. "But, by training camp, I'll be 100 percent."

The Oklahoma City native described signing with the Cowboys "almost like a dream come" because he had watched the team when he was growing up.

Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News reported the franchise hasn't ruled out bringing McCoy back but is "taking a wait and see approach."

McCoy has also expressed a willingness to rejoin the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he spent his first nine seasons in the league:

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Because of his profile, McCoy will presumably have the opportunity to play somewhere in 2021 once he proves he's physically ready to go. He was one of the NFL's best interior defenders during his prime with the Bucs.

The quad injury and his age, 33, will likely limit the extent to which a team will be willing to commit to his services, though.