After a ‘great’ visit with the Cleveland Browns in which the franchise attempted to sign the 30-year old pass-rushing lineman, DT Gerald McCoy will fly to Baltimore today and visit with the Baltimore Ravens brass, according to Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com.
If General Manager Eric DeCosta were to sign McCoy, it would be the fifth free agent addition to the Ravens defense this offseason (Earl Thomas III, Justin Bethel, Shane Ray and Pernell McPhee).
Now, let’s not put the cart before the horse.
As of now, the Ravens have somewhere in the ballpark of $13-14 million in cap space [Spotrac] [OTC] [McFarland]. Cabot reported the deal with the Browns could be signed for under $10 million as McCoy is more interested in playoff football than a bigger one-year deal.
“McCoy’s deal [in Cleveland] will likely come in under $10 million, but he’s willing to play for a little less for a chance to make the playoffs for the first time in 10 years.”
If that’s how McCoy feels, the Ravens have a strong case for signing the playmaker. The Ravens won the AFC North last season by defeating the Browns in Week 17, booting the Pittsburgh Steelers out of the playoffs entirely. Meanwhile, the Browns haven’t experienced playoff football since the 2002 season.
Interest in the Ravens
Cabot also reports McCoy is interested in the Ravens specifically due to their top ranked 2018 defense and defensive line coach Joe Cullen.
“McCoy is committed to visiting Baltimore in part because they had the No. 1 defense in the NFL last year, and in part because he has a relationship with Ravens defensive line coach Joe Cullen, who coached him in Tampa.”
The Browns are enticing and shiny and on the upswing, that much I’ll resign, but it sounds like the Ravens have a real shot at bringing in McCoy. If he’s willing to sign at a discount for a playoff team, Baltimore has a shot.