By on August 1, 2010

Press Release Courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, July 31, 2010     5:57pm ET

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have signed 2010 draft selection DT Gerald McCoy to a five-year contract.

 McCoy was the Buccaneers first-round selection (third overall) in this year’s NFL Draft. One of the most highly prized prospects in the 2010 NFL Draft, he joins the Buccaneers after starting all 40 games in his three-year career at Oklahoma. McCoy, a two-time team captain, recorded 83 tackles, 14.5 sacks, 21 quarterback pressures and 33 tackles for loss as well as two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and four passes defensed in three seasons with the Sooners. Last season as a junior, McCoy led one of the nation’s top defenses as he recorded 34 tackles, 6.0 sacks, 12 quarterback pressures and 15.5 TFL. As a run stuffer, McCoy was also dominant, helping the Sooners hold opposing teams to an average of 92.9 rushing yards per game, ranking second in the Big 12 Conference and eighth in Division I. For his efforts, he earned All-American first-team honors from the Football Writers Association, Walter Camp and The Sporting News. McCoy was also a Lombardi Award finalist, a consensus All-Big 12 Conference first-team selection and the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year by the Dallas Morning News.

The Buccaneers also announced they have released QB Jevan Snead. Snead originally signed with the Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent on April 26.

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