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.
#Buccaneers are re-signing DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches for 2 years, $5m, with up to $6.5m with $2.25m guaranteed, source said.
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.