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Report: Bengals have interest in DT Gerald McCoy

It’s official: The Bengals want McCoy.

NFL: Washington Redskins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

After mutual parting ways with the Buccaneers, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has recently hit the open market, and has reportedly interest a good amount of teams.

Apparently, the Bengals are one of them. However, without much free agency activity over the years, the Bengals certainly aren’t the favorite for McCoy.

ESPN’s Dianna Russini first broke the news of the Bengals’ plans to target McCoy.

McCoy, the third overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, has already put together an illustrious career. With 54.5 sacks, McCoy still likely has a few good years left in him. He turned 31-years-old just a few months ago.

On the open market, McCoy will likely be overvaluing himself. He won’t be getting the $13 million that he was supposed to receive in Tampa Bay. But, being an above average option at the all-important 3-technique position, he’ll certainly draw interest from all over the league.

The Bengals are just one of the teams that may consider McCoy. He’s reportedly also intrigued by the Browns and may visit Cleveland prior to making a decision. That said, it’d already be difficult for Cincinnati to compete with the AFC North’s favorite Cleveland.

With Geno Atkins on one side of the line along with five others defensive tackles under contract, all with under five years of experience, the Bengals could use the experience of McCoy.

Being in the league nine seasons, McCoy has been on a winning team just two times. Playing all his years in Tampa Bay, the Bucs haven’t proven to be a successful franchise, so maybe it’s a good thing they cut McCoy.

The Bengals may not be a better option for McCoy in terms of potential success, but he’ll definitely be valued on a defense that allowed the second-most yards and points last season. Among other things, they could use the help on the line.

Much of the Bengals interest will ultimately depend on the price tag.