The folks at have the breakdown of the contract extension for Bucs nose tackle Vita Vea. Tampa Bay signed Vea to a four-year extension through 2026 in a deal that includes next year’s fifth-year option.

Yet Vea will make slightly more than the fifth-year option amount in 2022. Pewter Report reported that Vea’s fifth-year option would be picked up last April 1, and that became official on April 26.

Vea, the team’s first-round pick in 2018, was scheduled to make $7.638 million under the fifth-year option. But he will actually get a bump in salary to $10,587,294, according to That’s due in part to a $4,147,146 signing bonus he’ll receive this year. That bonus will be prorated in the amount of $829,429 per season over four years between 2022-05.

Vea has $500,000 in per game bonuses, bringing his total cap value next season to $11,916,723. Of that, $10,587,294 is fully guaranteed.

The Bucs could walk away from Vea at any point after 2022 with just a little dead salary cap money. Should Tampa Bay want to release Vea after 2023, the team would have just $2,488,288 in dead cap money and save $11,341,141. The dead cap money would fall to $1,658,859 after 2024, and just $829,429 after 2025.

The Bucs can also restructure Vea’s deal in 2022 and lower his $10,587,294 if they need some additional cap room.

The total value of Vea’s contract is $71 million through 2026. That’s an average of $17.75 million per year. That makes Vea the sixth-highest paid interior defensive lineman – right now. With the salary cap expected to make huge leaps in future years, Vea’s contract will end up being a bargain down the road.

Vea, who has a career high with four sacks this season, is an integral part of Tampa Bay’s defense. He will earn $12.5 million in base salary in 2023, $15.5 million in 2024, $16 million in 2025 and $17 million in 2026. Vea, who turns 27, has $500,000 in roster bonus money in each of the 2023 and 2024 seasons, and it goes up to $1 million per season in 2025 and 2026.

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4 months ago

Sounds like a great deal for both parties. I think Vea knows we need him so there’s almost no chance he won’t see the contract through barring majorly injury. I really with the PA and NFL would agree to guarantee contracts yet if the player is injured and doesn’t play then it doesn’t count against the Cap. Then the players get their protection and teams don’t have to dump people just to be able to afford a full team. If a player is released and signs with another team then the previous team only needs to pay the difference between… Read more »

4 months ago

locked him up for his prime years. i still think we should draft a DT in the first round to replace suh eventually