Las Vegas Raiders add defensive depth, sign tackle Gerald McCoy

HENDERSON (Nev.) -- The Las Vegas Raiders announced Wednesday that they signed Gerald McCoy, a veteran free-agent defensive lineman, to strengthen their already strong but-rebuilt front.McCoy, 33 years old, was unable to play last season due to ruptured quadriceps tendon during training camp with Dallas Cowboys.McCoy, a 6-foot-4, 300-pounder, was the No. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected McCoy as the No. 3 pick in the NFL draft 2010. He was a 6-foot-4, 300-pound player. In 2013, he was the first-team All Pro with 9.5 sacks and 21 QB hits. He also had four passes defensed. He was also a Carolina Panthers player in 2019, and has been a part of all 139 of his games. His career totals 352 tackles and 59.5 sacks. Six forced fumbles, four fumble recoveryies, and six sacks.McCoy was a college player for the Oklahoma Sooners, playing 40 games in three seasons. He had 14.5 sacks and 83 tackles.McCoy was injured in the first padded exercise of training camp. The Cowboys quickly released McCoy, which saved Dallas $3.25million.McCoy's injury waiver, a three-year, $18million deal McCoy signed with Dallas in March 2020, was invalid. This was due to chronic tendinitis/quadriceps in his right knee.McCoy was allowed to keep his $3 million signing bonus.McCoy will join a defensive tackle team in Las Vegas that also includes Johnathan Hankins and Quinton Jefferson. Both have been receiving first-team reps under new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley’s base 4-3 defense; Solomon Thomas is the No. 3rd overall pick in the 2017 draft; Matt Dickerson, Darius Philon, and Niles Scott. Clelin Ferrell was the No. Clelin Ferrell, the No. 4 overall draft pick in 2019, has been seen as a pass-rushing 3-technique at third down.