With all sign pointing to Gerald McCoy, whom the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected with the 3rd overall pick in the first-round of the NFL Draft this past April, suiting up for his first training camp practice, in two weeks, on time. That has not suppressed his desire to get paid, as much as he can while he can. McCoy who threw out the first pitch at a Triple-A Oklahoma City RedHawks minor league baseball game told Jeff Latzke of the Associated Press.
“I would love to be there on time. But it is also one of those situations where an opportunity presents itself for you to get paid, you need to get as much as you can. It’s nothing like, I’m worth this much. You get as much money as you can while it’s there, because you never know what could happen. Given the fact that we’re about to enter a lockout, you’ve got to get as much money as you can.”
With the labor dispute still clouded in a cloak of uncertainty and a work stoppage looming on the horizon. Not one team has signed a first-round pick. Which has led many scribes to speculate that there might be an abundance of first rounder’s unsigned as camps begin to open in two weeks across NFL cities due to the ongoing labor strife. McCoy, who acknowledges that the money is a blessing, said he genuinely just wants to play football and be in camp on time.
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Fans who were vexing for the better part of the off season. Over the teams situation, at wide receiver, due to the fact the Bucs do not have a legitimate experienced number one receiving option hasn’t curtailed Josh Freeman‘s interest to see how rookie receivers Mike Williams and Arrelious Benn perform when the heats turned up a few notches.
“One of the things I’m most excited about with this camp is the chance to see Mike Williams when it’s hot, when his legs are tired, and when the stakes are high and everybody’s pushing.” Freeman said. “You’re going to see a great receiver competition.
“These guys have been working hard all offseason, but it’s going to be really interesting to see who ends up starting. Because you have all the guys we had, all during the offseason, then you’ve got Mike and Arrelious, and they both have a lot of athletic ability.”
This past week the Bucs also exercised an option in Josh Freeman’s contract that will keep the quarterback in a Bucs uniform through the 2013 season.