One day after sustaining a season ending quad injury in training camp Gerald McCoy was released by the Dallas Cowboys according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Cowboys released DT Gerald McCoy via injury waiver on quad, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 18, 2020
According Schefter, McCoy’s contract had an injury waiver on his quad saying if he hurt his quad the Cowboys were able to release him. McCoy will be able to keep his $3 Million bonus, but the rest of his contract is not guaranteed. This saves the Cowboys $6 Million in salary cap space this season.
During the offseason the Cowboys signed McCoy to a three year $18 Million contract to bolster up the interior of their defensive line.
Last season McCoy was a member of the Carolina Panthers after spending the nine seasons prior with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
He was not only a valuable veteran in the Panthers locker room, but he also had five sacks. He has 59.5 career sacks since entering the league in 2010.
The Cowboys signed McCoy to be a veteran presence that the interior of their defensive line was lacking and to be an impact player. It is very unlikely that a team will try to sign McCoy given that he will miss the entire season. Based off his talent alone, there will be teams next season who will want to take a chance on McCoy and hope that he is the same player he was before this injury.
According to Nick Eatman of DallasCowboys.com, the Cowboys “have hopes of resigning him next year when he’s healthy.”