McCoy, a sixth-round choice in the 2010 NFL Draft, injured his Achilles during an OTA workout last May and spent the season on injured reserve following the surgery to repair the damaged tendon. He missed the entire season, including the 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. But it was far from an out-of-sight, out-of-mind situation.
The 6-foot-5, 259-pound McCoy was coming off an 18-catch, 291-yard, three-touchdown effort in 2012 and loomed large in the offensive plans for last season before he was injured.
“We’re extremely excited to be able to retain a young player like Anthony McCoy, one of our own players who was important to the offense before his unfortunate injury,” general manager John Schneider said. “He still has a huge upside in our mind. We felt badly for him last year going through the Achilles injury and that he was unable to play during the season and in the Super Bowl. We just feel like he’s a well-rounded tight end and we’re very happy to have him back in the mix.”
“It feels great to still be a part of this,” McCoy said moments after signing his new deal. “This is going on nine or 10 years now with coach Carroll, so nothing’s really changed for me. This is pretty much what I know and there’s nothing wrong with sticking to that.
“I feel comfortable around here. I know the people. I know the system. I know the coaches. This felt like the right decision for me just to stick around and I’m real excited about it.”
The lure of testing the market was there, but only briefly.
“Everyone always has, I think, an interest in going into free agency and seeing what they’re worth on the market,” McCoy said later during a conference-call interview. “But Seattle came at me tough. They were the team that drafted me. At the end of the day, I felt this was the best place for me to continue my career in the NFL and I feel I made the right choice.”
It was a family affair, as McCoy was accompanied by his wife, Ashley, and their three-month old son, A.J.
“I’ve been real anxious,” McCoy said. “It was tough watching from the sidelines last year and it feels good to know I’ve got a chance to get back out there and do what I love to do – and that’s play football.”
In McCoy’s absence last season, rookie
McCoy can’t wait to get back into the mix, and said he anticipates being ready to participant when the OTA sessions begin in May.
“It’s been a long process,” McCoy said. “It’s been a real difficult process for me, long process. I had some of the best trainers working with me in (David) Stricklin and Donald (Rich), working with me every day of the week and getting me right. At this point in my rehabilitation process I feel like I’m just about there.”
And, he can’t wait to get back out there and make up for his lost time.
That doesn’t mean he wasn’t watching.
“It was really good to see the team be successful, and I’m really happy for them and I was happy I got to be part of the Seahawks organization and watch them go all the way and win the Super Bowl,” McCoy said. “It was fun, and it was kind of sad for me at the same time.
“But I’m past it. We won the Super Bowl and now I’m on to 2014.”