Per Adam Schefter and Ian Rapoport, the Buccaneers are closing in on a one year deal with star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Tampa Bay cleared $13-million dollars Monday after releasing Gerald McCoy only to sign his replacement the next day.
The #Bucs and veteran DT Ndamukong Suh are closing in on a 1-year deal that gives Tampa a big presence inside and effectively replaces former DT Gerald McCoy.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 21, 2019
Ndamukong Suh and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are finalizing a one-year deal, a source tells ESPN. Barring any late hang ups, Suh is now expected to be a Buccaneer.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 21, 2019
Soon-to-be Buccaneers’ DT Ndamukong Suh was interested in playing for Tampa’s new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. Plus, no state tax in Florida, making a deal there more attractive. So Suh expected to wind up back in Florida, as a Buc, his third team in the past three seasons.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 21, 2019
Tip I got yesterday afternoon — before McCoy news even came out — was that Bucs were expected to sign Suh for one year, $10 million within 24 hours. Couldn’t confirm, but everything else has followed so far ...— Greg Auman (@gregauman) May 21, 2019
Speculation on this move began shortly after McCoy’s release Monday. Though this isn’t really an “upgrade” in the true sense of the word, head coach Bruce Arians seems to be looking for a little more attitude along the defensive line. Suh was a solid player for the Los Angeles Rams last season while playing in a 3-4 scheme.
The other thing to consider is that Suh will come in at a cheaper price than McCoy. The two have been tied at the hip since being drafted back-to-back and have eerily similar career numbers.
More details to come as they become available.