Bucs’ Gerald McCoy becomes highest paid DT in NFL history with $98M extension

Gerald McCoy signs a seven-year contract extension with Tampa Bay.

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TAMPA, Fla. — Gerald McCoy is viewed as a franchise face for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and on Saturday, he was rewarded like it.

McCoy, 26, and the Bucs agreed to terms on a seven-year extension worth $98 million with $51.5 million guaranteed. It makes McCoy the highest-paid defensive tackle in NFL history.

Drafted third overall by the Bucs in 2010, the Oklahoma product has 136 career tackles and 20 1/2 sacks. A two-time Pro Bowl selection, his best season came last year, when he earned a career-best 50 tackles and 9 1/2 sacks. He has 17 tackles and two sacks in five games this season.

McCoy and the Bucs face the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.

"From the moment Lovie and I arrived here, we knew it was vital for us to keep Gerald in Tampa Bay long term as one of the cornerstones of our franchise," Bucs general manager Jason Licht said in a statement. "With the backing of the Glazer family, we were able to accomplish that. On the field, Gerald is one of the best players in the National Football League, who has been extremely productive and will be for years to come. We are happy to reward someone that has a rare work ethic, which not only makes him an elite player, but serves as an example for our entire team. His commitment, character and leadership are attributes that make him a truly special person, who will play a pivotal role in our future success."