Buccaneers Sign Ndamukong Suh

May’s biggest free agent is officially off the board. On Thursday, the Buccaneers announced the signing of defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Suh will receive a one-year deal worth $9.25MM with incentives that can push it to $10MM, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets.

Suh’s arrival will give the Bucs a major stopper to replace six-time Pro Bowler Gerald McCoy, who was released on Monday. In essence, the Bucs swapped McCoy’s $13MM salary for Suh and defensive end Shaquil Barrett, who will earn a combined $13MM in 2019. With all due respect to McCoy, that’s a pretty outstanding value for Tampa.

Suh, 32, has five Pro Bowl nods and two First-Team All-Pro selections on his resume. Throughout his career, Suh has been one of the very best defensive tackles in the NFL with an impressive knack for finding the quarterback from the interior.

After five years with the Lions, Suh inked a six-year, $114MM with the Dolphins, making him the highest-paid defensive player in league history. Suh continued to play at a high level, but didn’t quite live up to the mammoth contract. Midway through, the Dolphins released him, paving the way for Suh to latch on with the Rams in 2018.

In L.A., Suh tallied 4.5 sacks and 59 tackles and graded out as the No. 20 ranked interior defender in the NFL. Those numbers aren’t in line with his best work, but it’s clear that the veteran still has a lot to offer for the Bucs.

Suh would have made sense for clubs like the Seahawks, Cowboys, Broncos, and Vikings, but the Bucs jumped at the opportunity to replace McCoy with the equally accomplished defender. Meanwhile, the deal brings Suh back to Florida, a no-income tax state.

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  1. jacobsigel1025

    McCoy for Suh; saves money and gets a player whose production for this upcoming year may actually be higher than McCoy’s

    • sixpacktwo

      YEP. McCoy has slowed down at 32 and speed was his biggest strength. Shu is more power and that still plays.

      • eaterofbirds

        McCoy > Suh

        He quit on the Lions for most of his time there and then quit on the Dolphins and played about three solid games with the Rams last year. Suh played with energy in the playoffs because if the Rams won two playoff games he made more money.

        Shall we discuss how much of a piece of shit person he is as well?

    • highplainsdriftr

      About to say the same thing. But good for him, only get so long to get paid in this business

  2. sufferfortribe

    Fresh natural sponges available nearby, for soaking up all that money.

  3. One year deal to Tampa either means he really likes Florida/warm weather or has no interest in winning a super bowl before he retires.

    • PeterDipersio

      Do you actually think he was interested in winning a super bowl when he signed with Miami ? Competing in the same division with Nee England ?

      • You’re right, Miami will never win… since New England is in their division (sarcasm). Remember when he signed w the rams and went to the super bowl last year? Enough out of you.

        • HubcapDiamondStarHalo

          I wasn’t aware the Rams were even in NE’s conference and beat those Patriots out for a Super Bowl berth…

          No… Wait…

          • No team other than the patriots has won a super bowl since 2001, no wait.

            Patriots troll homers are the worst.

        • brewcrewbernie

          No Miami will never win because they’re a dumpster fire of a franchise.

  4. dugdog83

    He chose another Florida team because of the taxes.

    He’s doesn’t care about winning. His one year deal with the Rams was the only team he was on that had a winning record with him. Tampa will be awful again this year. A huge knock on his career is he’s not a winner.

    • kenleyfornia2

      No one cares. The man got a massive contract in Florida. Nothing wrong with getting the bag. Being a “winner” is nice but this is a job too. Nose tackles dont carry teams anyway. He got drafted by the Lions for crying out loud. And he was by far the Rams best defensive player in the postseason. He wanted it more than anyone

  5. crosseyedlemon

    So next season Jacksonville will get a crack at him to complete the Florida Misery Tour.

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