The Tampa Bay Bucs have stuck to their word about bringing back all of their high-profile players, as they are nearing an agreement with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh on a one-year, $9 million deal, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. The deal is fully guaranteed and contains incentives.

This will be Suh’s third year with the Bucs and 12th season in the NFL with aspirations to win another Super Bowl championship. He was such a valuable member of the Bucs’ Super Bowl LV winning team, especially when fellow defensive tackle Vita Vea broke his ankle in Week 4 and didn’t return until the NFC Championship game. It was Suh that picked up the slack and recorded six sacks, which were his best numbers since the 2015 season, and added another 1.5 in the Super Bowl victory over Kansas City.

It doesn’t come as a total shock that Suh is back in red and pewter. Reports came out that he did intend to play this season and his desire was to be on a playoff team. Bucs general manager Jason Licht even commented on the Pewter Report Podcast that feeling was mutual between both parties and they wanted him to stay with Tampa Bay. After the Bucs re-signed some heavy hitters during the first wave of free agency such as Shaq Barrett and Rob Gronkowski, it was Suh that was up next.

Re-signing Suh keeps the Bucs’ defensive line as the best in football with Vea and Suh in the middle. Even at age 34, Suh hasn’t showed any signs of slowing down, and after a great year where he averaged around playing 75 percent of the defensive snaps in a game, he won’t need to average that same amount next season with Vea there. The Bucs re-signed Rakeem Nunez-Roches recently, keeping the same depth on the roster behind Suh.

With expectations of drafting a defensive lineman in the early rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft, he can also be a mentor to a rookie as well while also dominating on the defensive line again. The Bucs front office has made many moves this offseason to clear up enough salary cap room to go for a second straight puzzle. Keeping Suh is another check mark in Tampa Bay’s offseason plans.

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Chiizy613
2 months ago

LEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEETTTTTTT’SSSS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

WE’RE TRYING TO WORK IT OUT – BRING BACK AB AND 4NET

Pete Wood
2 months ago

Yes! Getting the band back together.

Spitfire
2 months ago

So happy he’s back. The guy could easily play another few years and wants his young kids to actually remember him playing so he will be here as long as Brady is at least. I wish it wasn’t such a huge chunk of money, but it’s honestly a little ridiculous to assume he’s worth less, the guy is a monster on the line. Whatever the case, we are ready to make a run at it this year. All we need is a pass catching RB and some usable depth. Just hope we can sustain all of this for at least… Read more »

Spitfire
Reply to  Spitfire
2 months ago

The guy played every down and teams with Vea to make 2 of the scariest DT combos in the league. In the end he’s worth every penny. If we had anyone worth replacing him in the future the price may go down but we definitely do not at the moment.

owlykat
Reply to  Spitfire
2 months ago

Totally agree Spitfire!

PewterHeart
Reply to  Spitfire
2 months ago

Do you think he’ll want to retire officially as a buc? Do players get to chose that?? Its insane how fast his career came and went, feel like I have my popcorn ready and I’m just watching the end of a movie.

BucRy
2 months ago

Give Mike Greenberg an extension too. We brought back everyone I wanted back.

SappAttack
Reply to  BucRy
2 months ago

Yeah at what point does he get poached?

LIBucsFan93
2 months ago

Arians and Licht saying- You get the Money and you get the money and you get the money. Greenberg and his staff have to get a ton of credit in making this happen.

drdneast
Reply to  LIBucsFan93
2 months ago

If writing checks and giving out money was all it took to be a great capologist and NFL executive my ex wife would have won NFL Exeutive of the Year years ago. The real art is how he is hiding the money and how much are the Bucs going to be saddled down with in two or three years.

Naplesfan
Reply to  drdneast
2 months ago

The NFL just signed a whopper TV deal with all the networks that will provide much more money for players. This year was an outlier “low” year because of COVID impacts on league revenues, so the Bucs aren’t selling out tomorrow for today. They’re smartly getting through the most limiting year for the next decade to come knowing already the pot gets way fatter next year.

aredsoxfan1
Reply to  drdneast
2 months ago

Its not exactly rocket science, every dollar you pay counts towards the cap, just depends which season you want it to hit. There is no “hidden” money, its all on OTC or Sportrac to see. Next year, some guys will likely go. You can’t keep everyone every year.

Horse
Reply to  aredsoxfan1
2 months ago

EXACTLY! Just wait when the young good players 1st contracts are over and they want to get paid the big bucks and will be outbid by other teams who didn’t strap themselves with ”voidable years” concepts.

Mike Pengelly
2 months ago

Thank goodness !!!! Defence is back…check. Offence has Godwin, Evans and the rest of the boys (except AB) back…check. Let’s go get ’em , boys!! White would be a nice addition and now we may be able to get a RB in rd 1. I like Javonte Williams.

ScottC543
Reply to  Mike Pengelly
2 months ago

Repports say White is re-signing with the Pats.

Eddie
Reply to  ScottC543
2 months ago

Thats too bad.

thewbacca
2 months ago

If Bucs do draft a DT, what an incredible pair of mentors they will have with Suh and Vea. So glad he’s back! He was the last “need to have” while Brown and Fournette are more “nice to haves.”

Between this contract and Smith’s extension lowering the cap hit, Bucs are in shape to take a good look at the nice to haves which keeps the draft wide open. Incredible time to be a fan!

BuccaneerBlood
2 months ago

This is great news! We have our most important guys back. If we lose AB or Lenny I’m not one bit concerned. We have plenty of WR talent and I have Faith in our running backs with our Oline. But hey if we manage to keep them I won’t complain.

Dman
Reply to  BuccaneerBlood
2 months ago

Completely agree.

SappAttack
2 months ago

I love when a plan comes together – Hannibal from the A-Team

drdneast
Reply to  SappAttack
2 months ago

“I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti,” Hannibal from Silence of the Lambs.

SappAttack
Reply to  drdneast
2 months ago

lol well played!

drdneast
2 months ago

Not surprised that Suh got a raise from last year since he had on of his better seasons in some time.
The Bucs better start looking at drafting some defensive replacements though. Five of the starting seven up front are 30 years or older and won’t be as effective much longer.

Horse
Reply to  drdneast
2 months ago

Now you see the real picture in our future.

thewbacca
2 months ago

“Look at his arms, they are the size of toddlers!”

-Brady

drdneast
2 months ago

Strange how we don’t see BA’s contract being extended. This may be BA’s last year and if not, it sure will be the next after Brady’s is done.

owlykat
2 months ago

Extend BA’s contract to match the end of Brady’s contract, and when Brady retires He needs to be our next Head Coach; not BL!

bucballer
2 months ago

Finally! It just had to be done. Suh still commands respect and is often double teamed. The OLine has to account for his presence every play he s in there. Not only is he a physical player but he is smart in his approach. Knows how to cause havoc and has that swagger about him. Definitely one of the lead dogs out there. Let them dogs hunt! When D-Lne is getting that initial push up front, everyone behind them just looks better.

jongruden
2 months ago

It’s awesome to see everyone return, I bet AB and Fournette sign in next few days

obuc
2 months ago

is there a voidable year here? or is it a straight up 9 mil hit against the cap in 2021?

Alldaway 2.0
2 months ago

Welcome back Suh!
Suh is a great leader and teacher of defensive play. He is the tone setter on defense along with JPP and D. White!

Crack3rK
2 months ago

Misleading headline.

Iowabucfan
2 months ago

Glad he is back. He’s tough, a leader and rarely misses time. He also lives rent free in Aaron Rodgers’ head.

aredsoxfan1
2 months ago

A little surprised he got as much as he did. I thought we might take a shot at Lawrence Guy who is younger and could have been had for less money. Just sign AB already! I know everyone doesn’t like him, but he’s the one I really want back. I think he takes the offense up a whole level.

Horse
2 months ago

Might as well be all in to “Keep the dream alive” too. Go Bucs!

Dman
2 months ago

Great to have Suh back. Hand it to Jason Licht and his team for pulling this off.
Need to bring in the next generation of DL and LB’s. We’ve got great talent but some age on first two levels of the D. Hard to believe these guys all make it unscathed through a 16 game season. Draft focus should be on D.

plopes808
2 months ago

I’m gonna go ahead and call the repeat now