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Sounds Like DT Gerald McCoy is Part of Cowboys’ 2021 Plans

One of the biggest signings by the in was veteran Defensive Gerald McCoy. But while a major at the start of ended McCoy’s season and led to his , recent comments from indicate that Gerald may still be part of the ’ plans for 2021.

McCoy was signed to a three-year contract which included an injury clause against a known problem with his quadriceps. Sure enough, Gerald’s quad ruptured during the first padded practice of Dallas’ 2020 camp.

The Cowboys exercised their right to terminate McCoy’s deal and save significant money on the . Despite this unfortunate situation, there was talk back in August of “mutual interest” between the two parties in Gerald returning to Dallas next season.

Yesterday in a radio , Cowboys executive Stephen Jones made a statement that seems to indicate Dallas is still interested in bringing Gerald McCoy back.

Jones included McCoy with players like , La’el Collins, and who are all under contract for 2021. Along with , he spoke of all of these players as if their return next season was an expectation rather than a possibility.

The Cowboys have two promising young defensive tackles in Hill and . But as we’ve seen this year, having at least one or two more you can count on is never a bad thing.

Dallas had hoped in McCoy and fellow veteran to bring a big upgrade to the middle of their . But between McCoy’s injury and Poe’s lacking performance they got almost nothing out of those free-agent signings.

, who has been the most reliable DT in Dallas for the last few years, should be back next year as a . If the Cowboys do re-sign Gerald McCoy then that would give them a solid quartet of reliable, experienced depth and then the youthful upside of Hill and Gallimore.

Having a player like McCoy around, with six Pro Bowls and multiple All-Pro selections to his name, to help groom the young DTs would be an exceptional bonus.

Gerald will turn 33 this February and will now be coming off a major leg injury if he does get a new deal from Dallas. Expectations for what he can bring to the table in 2021 should be measured, but McCoy could still be an asset as the Cowboys work on improving their .

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Jess Haynie

Written by Jess Haynie

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  1. I will be so excited to see my Godson, Gerald McCoy play for Dallas Cowboys ❤️ It’s something I know he wants and it’s definitely something I want for him!!!

    • We certainly hope so. As a Sooners fan and Cowboys fan, Gerald was a great addition. He seems like such a great dude, helping the young defensive tackles while he was out and then donating thousands of dollars to help feed those affected by the storms last week.

      The Cowboys would certainly be better if they bring him back in 2021.

  2. Well they let Robert Quinn get away and spent major money on under achievers. In McCoy I’m looking at experience and still a few miles left on his tires. The defensive line and secondary compliment each other. Why not take a chance with money that will make your secondary better.

  3. Does anyone proof read these articles before they are posted. There are grammatical errors and omitted words consistently throughout the article.
    Thank you
    TJC

    • Every team has injuries but the Cowboys definitely had an extreme case in 2020. Starting QB, 4/5 OL starters, several key defenders; it was enough to sink anyone’s ship.

  4. Wouldn’t it be nice to see all of our players actually play. Wouldn’t it be nice to see our entire O line intact for most if not all of the season. Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to worry about injuries. That would be nice.

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