John McCargo

John McCargo
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-08-19) August 19, 1983
Place of birth: Drakes Branch, Virginia
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 307 lb (139 kg)
Career information
College: North Carolina State
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 26
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Retired
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 13, 2011
Tackles: 52
Sacks: 2.5
Forced fumbles: 1
Player stats at

John McCargo (born August 19, 1983) is a former American football defensive tackle. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at North Carolina State.

McCargo has also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears.

Professional career

Buffalo Bills

Many draft experts considered McCargo a late-2nd or early-3rd round pick before the 2006 NFL Draft. Because of this, many people were shocked when the Bills traded up to select him 26th overall.

McCargo spent most of the 2006 season on injured reserve. He passed out at training camp his rookie season, mainly because he had to run difficult drills in hot weather at his 300-pound frame. He was the second string defensive tackle behind Larry Tripplett in 2007, and played in all 16 games.

On October 14, 2008, McCargo was traded to the Indianapolis Colts. The trade was voided and he was returned to the Bills the following day after McCargo failed his physical.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

McCargo signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on August 20, 2011. He was waived on September 2.

On November 8, 2011 the Tampa Bay Buccaneers re-signed McCargo to fill a roster void caused by a season-ending injury to Gerald McCoy.[1] McCargo was again cut the next day after the Buccaneers signed Albert Haynesworth. A week later McCargo was once-again re-signed, following a season-ending knee injury to DE George Johnson.

On May 2, 2012, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released McCargo.

Chicago Bears

McCargo signed with the Chicago Bears on May 10, 2012.[2] During the second game of the preseason against the Washington Redskins, McCargo recovered a fumble by Redskins running back Antwon Bailey.[3]

On August 26, the Bears waived McCargo.[4]


  1. "Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sign John McCargo To Replace Injured Gerald McCoy - SB Nation Tampa Bay". 2011-11-08. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  2. "Bears sign trio of defensive linemen". 2012-05-11. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  3. "Read Larry's Bears vs. Redskins blog". Retrieved 2012-08-20.
  4. "Hardin placed on IR, Knox goes on PUP". Retrieved 2012-08-27.

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