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Veteran Defensive Tackle Gerald McCoy visits the Las Vegas Raiders hoping to land on an NFL roster after a year off.
The Raiders may not be done adding Veteran Aid to their 2021 roster.
On Wednesday, Las Vegas had a visit from Gerald McCoy, who was able to strengthen his line of defense after a year out of the league.
Field Yates from ESPN and others reported the visit.
The Raiders signed Solomon Thomas from the 49ers this off-season and intended to switch him to defensive tackle.
However, according to Ted Nguyen of The Athletic, employees may think that Thomas is too small for a full-time position as 3 technician. Bringing in McCoy would give them an inner presence and free Thomas to work outside.
Gerald McCoy could try to revive his career with the Raiders
The big question is whether the 33-year-old still has something to give after a year off. He was a Pro-Bowl DT stud from 2012 to 2017 with great statistics. He was also productive with the Panthers in 2019, scoring five sacks and 13 quarterback hits. That was his last season in the NFL.
McCoy signed a three-year contract with the Cowboys for the 2020 season. They released him after breaking his quad on the training camp’s first padded workout.
Skepticism about McCoy’s health could explain why he was left without a contract in August. At some point someone wants to put him on the line. The risk and reward would be high on both sides.
For the Raiders, McCoy could offer solid depth if he can stay healthy. You already have Johnathan Hankins and Quinton Jefferson to begin with, with Thomas available. If they added the veterans, they wouldn’t have to rely on him alone.