The Tampa Bay Buccaneers keep bringing their own players back as they’ve re-signed defensive tackle Rakeem Nunez-Roches, per NFL insider Adam Caplan. The contract is a two-year deal worth $5 million and a chance to get up to $6.5 million with incentives. The amount of guaranteed money is $2.25 million.

Tampa Bay’s defensive line was looking rather thin this offseason with just Vita Vea, Will Gholston and Khalil Davis as the only interior defensive lineman that played any significant defensive snaps last season. Not only does Nunez-Roches provide solid depth along the defensive line, but he had more playing than he ever saw in his career last year when replacing an injured Vea for most of the season.

With an expanded role on the interior defensive line, Nunez-Roches, who also goes by the nickname “Nacho,” played in all 16 games during the regular season, starting in 11 of them. He also played in all four postseason games on the way to winning Super Bowl LV. He recorded 20 tackles and three quarterback hits while averaging 30 defensive snaps a game.

Stopping the run has always been the first priority for Todd Bowles and the Bucs’ defense and Nacho has been helpful in that regard. His best trait, though, is that Nunez-Roches is a highly energetic player that is often talking trash and hyping up his teammates. The defense talks about “bringing your own juice” each day, and he fits that billing, which has endeared him to the fans. Devin White is the vocal leader of the defense, but Nunez-Roches isn’t far behind in terms of providing that extra liveliness to the team. He’ll talk trash to anyone, including Tom Brady.

This will be Nacho’s fourth year with the Buccaneers after playing his first three NFL seasons with the Chiefs and Colts. The difference in his return to the Bucs this year for Nacho is that it’s the first time he has gotten a multi-year deal. Last season, he signed a one-year deal worth $1.5 million that went up to 1.75 following incentives, so this season he gets a $750,000 dollar pay increase on that $2.25 salary in the first year of his contract with guaranteed money. That’s the perks of being a Super Bowl champion.

The Bucs won’t be done as far as defensive lineman go even after signing Nunez-Roches. Their top priority is re-signing veteran defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to keep one the of best defensive lines intact, and could draft a defensive tackle in the early rounds of the 2021 draft. Once again the Bucs’ front office is on the way to accomplishing their offseason goals as they look to go for two straight Super Bowl wins.

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SappAttack
SappAttack(@derekmitchellmay)
10 months ago

Boom and another one! Let’s go!!!

obuc
obuc(@obuc)
10 months ago

Should we worry about Suh or is this the logical signing just before him?

Alldaway 2.0
Alldaway 2.0(@alldaway)
Reply to  obuc
10 months ago

Too early too tell plus there are a lot of veteran DTs still out there.

Alldaway 2.0
Alldaway 2.0(@alldaway)
10 months ago

Very good role player as he has versatility and scheme understanding. Bucs depth is looking good.

drdneast
drdneast(@drdneast)
9 months ago

So much for McCoy coming back. I wouldn’t pay him anymore than Nacho.

drdneast
drdneast(@drdneast)
9 months ago

I can’t think of a better NT our there right now than Suh. The guy is a monster and has the best football attitude I have seen on this team for a long time.

GrayBalls
GrayBalls(@grayballs)
Reply to  drdneast
9 months ago

He plays DT, always has. Even with the Rams, Donald moved to DE. Vea is our NT

SappAttack
SappAttack(@derekmitchellmay)
9 months ago

Suh is a business man and I ain’t mad about that. I think now that he has a ring he will be more about the money than ever. I think he’s gone. And we will probably invest in a DT in the first round of the draft

plopes808
plopes808(@plopes808)
9 months ago

Great news! I was a little concerned when news broke here that Nacho was being targeted by other teams. Glad he made the right choice and stuck around for the repeat

76Buc
76Buc(@76buc)
9 months ago

If the best thing they can say about him is that he talks good trash then I’m not sure about this. I don’t understand the glee. Better to have thrown that $$ at Suh.

The Freeman
The Freeman(@the-freeman)
9 months ago

big $ for one of the worst graded DT by PFF… he was great value in 2019 but wasn’t good in 2020, without Vea return we probably have a different view of Nacho’ season.
it’s a new season but i suppose it’s cool to have the band back, we’re the champ, blablabla…

ScottC543
ScottC543(@scottc543)
9 months ago

Welcome back, Champ!

76bucsfan46
76bucsfan46(@76bucsfan46)
9 months ago

What is taking so long to bring back SUE

Brandonges
Brandonges(@brandonges)
9 months ago

This is an overpay and a guy I wish they would have found an upgrade for. Rated in the 40s by PFF. They could have found a veteran minimum deal or late round draft pick and gotten the same production.

jongruden
jongruden(@jongruden)
9 months ago

Sorry, but “Nacho” is not very good he started almost every game can’t remember one single play he had, he like Luke Stocker where he keeps getting resigned and I have no idea why