Buccaneers moving on from DT McCoy

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are moving on from Gerald McCoy.

The team released the six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle, describing the move as a mutual agreement after nine seasons.

McCoy, the third overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft, was due to make $13 million next season, but none of it was guaranteed.

Coach Bruce Arians did not want to talk about the decision following one of the club's OTA workouts Tuesday, saying he had wished McCoy well in a statement released by the Bucs, and that "there's no need for answering questions about that."

"We've already moved on," the coach, preparing for his first season in Tampa Bay, said.

McCoy, 31, had six sacks and a team-leading 21 quarterback pressures in 2018, when the Bucs went 5-11 and missed the playoffs for the 11th consecutive season. He has 54 1/2 sacks in 123 career games, was an All-Pro in 2013 and a Pro Bowl selection every year from 2012-17.

"These decisions are very difficult, personally and professionally," general manager Jason Licht said in the club statement late Monday. "Over the past nine years, Gerald has been a cornerstone of this franchise and a leader in our community. Parting ways with a player and person such as Gerald is one of the toughest responsibilities of this job."

Even before releasing McCoy, the Buccaneers were going to have a decidedly different look on the defensive line in 2019.

In addition to making the transition from a 4-3 scheme to a 3-4 under new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, the team will enter the season without end Jason Pierre-Paul, who was injured in an automobile accident this spring.

There's speculation that the team is interested in signing free agent Ndamukong Suh as a replacement for McCoy, who was selected one spot behind Suh in the draft.

BASEBALL

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urķas was reinstated Tuesday from administrative leave by Major League Baseball.

Urķas was placed on leave while MLB officials looked into his May 13 arrest for investigation of misdemeanor domestic battery. Police said Urķas was taken into custody in the parking lot of a Los Angeles shopping mall but didn't release details.

The leave lasted seven days as originally announced. In previous MLB investigations, management and the players' association agreed to extend leaves while probes continued.

MLB and the union agreed to a domestic violence policy in 2015, giving the commissioner the right to investigate and impose discipline.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Terry Donahue, the winningest football coach in UCLA and Pac-12 history, has been diagnosed with cancer.

The university says the 74-year-old former coach was released from UC San Diego's Jacobs Medical Center on Tuesday, four days after having surgery. Donahue will soon begin chemotherapy.

UCLA didn't disclose what type of cancer Donahue has and says his family is requesting privacy.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State football coach Joe Moorhead has a little more job security now.

The school announced Tuesday that he has signed a contract extension through the 2022 season that will pay an average base salary of $3.2 million. Moorhead originally signed a four-year deal worth an average of $2.75 million when he was hired following the 2017 season.

PRO FOOTBALL

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - For the first time in 42 years, the Bills have a player wearing O.J. Simpson's former No. 32.

Running back Senorise Perry wore the jersey number at Buffalo's spring practices this week.

Simpson, whose name remains on the Bills Wall of Fame, served nine years for armed robbery and assault after confronting two sports collectibles dealers at a Las Vegas casino hotel in September 2007.

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