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Former Bucs DT Gerald McCoy signs with division rival Carolina Panthers, reports say

Posted at 6:04 PM, Jun 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-03 18:09:42-04

TAMPA, Fla. -- Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Gerald McCoy is staying in the NFC South.

The 6-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle signed with the Carolina Panthers Monday, according to multiple reports.

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The 31-year-old played nine seasons in Tampa Bay and was selected to the Pro Bowl in six consecutive seasons from 2012 to 2017.

The longtime Buccaneer recorded 54.5 sacks and 296 combined tackles in 123 games.

Tampa Bay faces Carolina in Week 2 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. Bucs fans will not be able to see McCoy in a Panthers uniform at Raymond James Stadium this season, as the Bucs "host" the Panthers at a neutral site in London.

This report comes hours after newly-signed defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh announced on Twitter that he will wear number 93 for the Bucs, the same number worn by McCoy.

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