With so much of the cap invested in signing Tom Brady, tagging Shaquil Barrett, and re-signing Jason Pierre-Paul, many were wondering if Ndamukong Suh would be able to make it back to Tampa Bay for another season. Well, according to Adam Schefter, the Bucs are expected to re-sign him to another 1 year deal worth $8 million.
Sources: Ndamukong Suh is now expected to return to Tampa Bay on a one-year, $8 million deal. More help for Tom Brady’s team in Tampa.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 25, 2020
The rumors all off-season surrounding Suh have been oriented around the Buccaneers being very interested in bringing him back for his second season in red and pewter. This was especially due to the fact that Suh was an integral part of an incredibly stout run defense which allowed a league low 73.8 yards per game.
In 2019, Suh posted 41 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and 7 tackles for loss, all while helping to anchor the defensive line alongside Vita Vea. While these stats don’t necessarily jump off the screen, his presence in the run game was well worth bringing him back. According to PFF, Suh posted a 69.7 overall grade, with a 74.4 grade in run defense, which bodes well for the aging tackle as it shows that his production is still there.
Additionally, it seems as if this will be a win not only on the field, but also in the locker room as one of his teammates has already started to celebrate the signing. Devin White posted to Twitter that Suh is, “one of the greatest, smartest [and] hardest working vet(s) that [he has] ever been around.”
One of the greatest, smartest & hardest working vet that I ever been around Needed him back #ThankYou @NdamukongSuh https://t.co/1IKbk5C08z— DEVIN WHITE 4️⃣0️⃣ (@DevinWhite__40) March 25, 2020
With Todd Bowles still manning the helm on defense, Suh and the rest of his defensive teammates are primed to return to their form from last season and frustrate opposing rushers. With Alvin Kamara, Christian McCaffrey, and now Todd Gurley running around the NFC south, this rush defense will need to play at the level they did in 2019 to keep them in check. Luckily, now that Suh is back, this will not be as difficult of an undertaking.