It has widely been anticipated that the Bucs would eventually retain DT Ndamukong Suh if the veteran wished to keep playing after the 2020 season. So it was no surprise when ESPN’s Dianna Russini reported Tuesday morning that the Bucs have engaged in talks to re-sign Suh for his third season with the Bucs.

The 2021 season would be Suh’s 12th in the NFL, playing for four different franchises in that span. He’s won his only ring in Tampa Bay and was critical to the team’s success last season, stepping up when star nose tackle Vita Vea went down with a broken ankle in Week 5. Suh, 34, posted six sacks and 29 pressures to go with nine tackles-for-loss, consistently dominating against the run and doing enough as a pass rusher to make a difference.

Perhaps most impressively, Suh has never missed an NFL game due to injury, and hasn’t missed one at all since 2011. The workload he’s shouldered has been unbelievable, as he’s played 74 percent or more of his team’s defensive snaps in every season, and 82 percent or more in seven of the nine campaigns with recorded snap counts. Suh’s work ethic and physicality have been critical additions to the Bucs defensive lineup since the 5-time Pro Bowler arrived in free agency in 2019. Keeping him around for another run at a title in 2021 would be tremendous news for a Bucs defensive line without a ton of depth on the interior.

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Alldaway 2.0
2 months ago

I want Suh back.
If you look at the stat sheet you would assume Suh is washed up. But dig deeper and see that Suh still generates push in third down situations and helps with run defense. Bucs have been back to back strong run D and that type of work isn’t done with Vea alone. It is a team effort and Suh is a nice role player this late in his career.

The Wall
Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
2 months ago

Yes, yes and yes!

Keith Henderson
Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
2 months ago

I agree. Suh would certainly help to keep the defensive line strong. Try to keep him one more year and add more depth in the draft.

Eddie
Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
2 months ago

He is more durable than younger DT available. So pay him accordingly

drdneast
2 months ago

Suh is is a 3-4 as a DT not a 4-3. Six sacks for a DT in a 3-4 is more than respectable, it’s pretty damn good. Suh probably had one of his best years as a pro last season. The guy and his attitude is exactly what this defense needed instead of the well mannered McCoy.

The Wall
Reply to  drdneast
2 months ago

Love this guy’s attitude. He and Vea make up the best interior defensive tandem in the league.

NaplesFan2.0
Reply to  drdneast
2 months ago

Suh is a DE in a 3-4.

GrayBalls
Reply to  NaplesFan2.0
2 months ago

No, Suh is a DT in 34, 43, 52, Nickle, Dime, Quarters, you name it, he’s a DT. In the 34, he is DT, Vea is NT and Gholston is DE. That is is standard alignment and position designations for our base package

Dman
Reply to  GrayBalls
2 months ago

Yes

geno711
2 months ago

Suh and JPP snap counts continue to be underrated.
Those guys play at a high level for a huge amount of snaps in the game.

Buc76
2 months ago

The guy is cerebral and nasty combined. Key cog. Devonte and him are Nebraska alums. They feed off each other. Sign him!

drdneast
Reply to  Buc76
2 months ago

Agreed.

Dman
Reply to  Buc76
2 months ago

Suh is a must sign. He and Vea are great tandem. Would love to see Suh bring along Kahlil Davis as well. Thought he was a solid pick, just needs some time. Gholston has been better with Suh as well.

drdneast
2 months ago

Loved the way he roughed up Rogers at the end of the first half in the regular season game last season.

Buc76
2 months ago

Lavonte. Typo

twspin
2 months ago

This ain’t Tiddly winks guys. Every team needs a guy with a mean nasty streak. Suh plays with that. Would love to see him come back, however…Suh is one of the smart ones. He has no agent. And will make the best decision for himself. If the Bucs can get to within say 3 mil of what another team might offer him, he might stay. No state income tax is quite a lure if we can get him within range.

Eddie
Reply to  twspin
2 months ago

No agent equal more money for himself.. Effect of no state income tax is not as great as players are taxed based on where the games are played.

GrayBalls
Reply to  Eddie
2 months ago

Except at least half of his games are guaranteed to have no state income tax playing here

PewterHeart
2 months ago

One of the best Defensive line in years for the Bucs! Suh is partially responsible
for Vita’s developmental progress. He needs to be on this team!.. question, if he goes to the HOF, under what team would he go in as? Do players get to pick? Do all teams he was under get him in under thier franchise?

The Freeman
2 months ago

no worry, should be easy to work on a deal similar to Gronk with voidable years lowering the cap hit.

owlykat
2 months ago

Keeping Suh a Buc should be top priority for our GM!