More players are speaking out about their potential next move in their careers as the post-championship fever winds down. But it’s that same fever that is giving several players the itch to return to Tampa Bay.
One of those players being veteran defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
My goal is to come back and have an opportunity to go win another championship. Me and Tom [Brady] spoke the other day about that opportunity, as well as with Jason Licht. I don’t know if you saw our parade celebration on that podium, Coach B.A. [Bruce Arians] said I’m not going anywhere. And he’s usually a man of his word. So I look forward to the opportunity to continue to play, especially for Tampa. And I honestly believe I have a lot of elite, great talent left in me to play. I’m not ready to hang them up yet. And my wife has given me the O.K.—that’s first and foremost, I got that permission.
Boy, getting the wife’s blessings for anything is huge for any man and it sounds like Suh is on the right track to return.
The 34-year-old played at a high level during the 2020 regular season. Suh was tied for fifth in the NFL among defensive tackles in tackles for loss with 11 and recorded six sacks during the 2020 campaign. He later added 1.5 sacks during Super Bowl LV against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Getting the core of the defense back for 2021 will be a crucial, yet challenging task for Tampa Bay’s front office. And Suh is indeed part of that puzzle.