The Buccaneers had played it cool through the first three months of free agency, signing mid-tier players to come in and compete for starting jobs, while others will provide depth and competition.

Until now.

As PewterReport.com expected, Tampa Bay has reached an agreement with free agent defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh to bolster their pass rush and replace defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. Releasing McCoy created $13 million in salary cap space.

Suh signed a one-year deal worth $9.25 million with incentives that can push the value to $10 million. The Bucs save roughly $4 million in cap room that was needed to sign the rest of the team’s draft picks, including first-round pick linebacker Devin White.

Suh was the overall No. 2 draft pick in 2010 and selected on spot ahead of McCoy. Both have had very good NFL careers and earned multiple honors during their first nine seasons in the league.

Suh is five-time Pro Bowler and has earned three All-Pro selections over his career, while notching 476 tackles, 56 sacks, 32 pass breakups and four forced fumbles.

Suh was originally drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2010 and signed with the Miami Dolphins as a free agent in 2015. The former Cornhuskers star played in Miami for three seasons before moving to the Rams where he played in 2018, helping Los Angeles reach the Super Bowl.

The signing of Suh signaled the end of the McCoy era in Tampa Bay. McCoy was released by the Buccaneers earlier this week.

Suh, no stranger to controversy, has been suspended once and fined a number of times over his career for late hits and other penalties, and will bring an edge to a defense that wants to get tougher – and have more of an edge – under defensive coordinator Todd Bowles.

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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]

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  1. yikes.. omahmeh in that vid got very embarrassed!

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  2. Damn good signing! Around the price I was expecting it to be.

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  3. I’ve felt I understood the situation before the draft, of McCoy’s cap space was too high. I expected to draft Ed Oliver. I consider myself a McCoy fan; but, I must say, I can’t imagine seeing McCoy laying out for the sack like what’s shone in the highlight vid above. That’s like some Wr laying out for the slightly overthrown deep ball.

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  4. JPP to Doctors: Put some Mike Alstott screws in my neck I’m going back in!!!!!!!

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  5. YESSSSS!!! This is awesome! We just got a better DT for less money! I do have one question though… Why is there no clip of Suh helping up any QB’s after the sack??

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  6. Finally an ass kicker to lead our d-line, now if Vita can put it together we have a chance to be relentless on D.

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  7. Hey BucRy, I was hoping for 10 mil or less to save some cap space so I’m pretty happy too!

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  8. I’m liking our front 7 a lot more now..even though JPP is out for now..Vea and Suh eating up the middle..David and white behind them..Nassib/Barrett/spence on the outside. It’s looking good on paper!

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  9. I can’t help but think about the last time we had a player on defence that the opposing player across from him had real fear in their eyes when facing him since Big Daddy Warren Sapp. Welcome to the Bucs Mr. Suh please make them fear you every Sunday.

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  10. Yeah BuyRy and Spence fits better in a 3-4 set. I know he flashed his rookie year and has been underwhelming since, but I would not sleep on him!

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  11. *BucRy … #(@#@ phone

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  12. I just pulled out my old Johhny Cash stash and played a boy named Suh lol

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  13. Awesome signing! Definitely need his aggressiveness and tenacity on our D-line. Vea will learn alot from him too! This defense should be fun to watch this year, as opposed to the past 15 years.

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  14. Great move!!!!

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  15. Wonder if they’ll let him have McCoy’s old 93 since Suh wore that number at Miami & LA. He could end up with 90 which he had in Detroit, if they release JPP before the season starts.

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  16. Not meaning any disrespect to McCoy, but I think Suh gets to keep #93 because that was his old number too.
    It’s what he wore with the Dolphins and Rams. JPP is wearing #90, which Suh wore with Lions, but that’s another whole story that is yet to unfold. Go Bucs!

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  17. I agree Macabee. 93 isn’t retired yet. It does make for some interesting politics though. I would like to see McCoy connected to the franchise after his career is over, and Tampa has not done the best job maintaining healthy relationships with their former star players (to put it mildly).

    It would be nice to begin to reverse that trend, and it would be interesting if something like an active jersey number could cause a rift. If so, that is the only reason I would not give it to Suh.

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  18. @76bucsfan46, yeah “Life ain’t easy for a boy named Suh” . I like the signing!!

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  19. Great signing, fair price. I’ll tip my hat to Licht on this – which I don’t do very often.

    I’m pulling for JPP, just think the odds are agin’ him on this one.

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  20. I feel so much better.

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  21. About time the trenches were addressed. Time to add another trench player before training camp and this team is ready to compete.

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  22. It seems like a bargain. Much better price than Spotrac suggested. Leaves me wondering whether GMC would not renegotiate, or if he just was not the guy they wanted.

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  23. I like this signing! I think 9.25 is decent value for Suh. 5 time All Pro and 56 sacks. And frees up a few million for White and remaining draft picks. Opposing teams have to account for Suh and I’m sure opposing OL know where he is lined up. It’s that reputation that proceeds him! This is a good thing. Nice signing to alleviate losing McCoy. Go Bucs!

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  24. I like this move but I wouldnt give him #93. That would be distespectful and lots of players in that lockerroom are big GMAC fans. We dont want any bellyaching behind closed doors. #93 should probably be retired.

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  25. Slight cap savings aside, I love this one year signing. This guy is proven, tough, durable, ferocious and tenacious. He’s also really intelligent. So what if he’s 32. Like many of the people commenting on here, I am really excited about front 7 with Suh.
    Losing JPP seems to hurt less with the addition of Suh.

    Definitely have no problem with the jersey number he selects.

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  26. Now this is something we don’t often see. All of the comments being supportive of a Jason Licht transaction. Even Buc Ass Bob, who was doubting the exchange of McKoy for Suh would even occur, remained absent.

    Moving my #93 jersey from the bedroom to spare room closet with the other dearly departed. I’m neutral on the number Suh will be given. I’m pretty sure GMC would allow Suh to have #93 along with his lunch money. Just kidding folks.

    Biggest difference is the demeanor with which Suh plays. Good example for the equally powerful Vea. Will be interesting to see how the D-line talent will be utilized.

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  27. Gerald’s number retired? Seriously? Did Gerald really do enough to have his number retired? How many championships did he lead us to? Or, um… how many NFC South titles? No wait, how many times did he lead us to the play-offs? Yeah, ..no? Wait…what…, yeah, what did he lead us to besides the basement in the NFC South? Since when do numbers get retired for players of losing teams?

    Don’t get me wrong, I like GMC as a player, and it would have been awesome to see him and Suh play side by side, but I don’t see where he should get his number retired. He wasn’t that good. If they did retire his number, I would classify it as the same as a kid receiving a participation trophy. Something that is not really warranted.

    It used to be that only the truly great players, franchise changers and HOF’ers, got their numbers retired. It still should be that way, IMHO. If Gerald did one day make it the HOF, then maybe they should retire his number. But I don’t see that happening either. He wasn’t that good.

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  28. We as a fan base connect with his style of play, we love that dawg.
    He plays like he from Florida, if you know what I mean.
    Our run defense should be top 5. Makes our brutal schedule a lil easier & our division.

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  29. Per ESPN the Bucs have retired 55, 63 & 99 – all in the HOF which seems right to me.

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  30. I have to admit that I Am really surprised that we were able to get him.

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  31. Except the one difference between him and McCoy is, McCoy wouldn’t quit on the team when they’re eliminated from the playoffs by Thanksgiving. Suh will. The second this season is lost, he will flat out quit on this team. That’s been his MO since he’s been a pro. Go rewatch all his Dolphins games. Dude gave little to no effort for that team

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  32. Great signing, and I’m totally on board with him wearing #93 as I don’t think GMC did quite enough to warrant retiring his number. The only issue I see is if it will create a rift in the locker room but if not, give the man his number!

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