Buccaneers announce return of Ndamukong Suh

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Ten years after he became the second pick in the draft, Ndamukong Suh officially is back for a second season with the Buccaneers.

Tampa Bay announced the deal on Thursday.

Reportedly worth $8 million for one year, Suh gets $1.25 million less than he did in 2019, his first year in Tampa.

The move helps keep together a potent defensive front that includes Suh, Vita Vea, Shaquil Barrett, and Jason Pierre-Paul. Still, it’s fair to wonder whether Suh is anything close to the guy he used to be, while with the Lions and then the Dolphins.

With the Rams in 2018, Suh didn’t do much during the regular season. (They traded for Dante Fowler due to their disappointment with Suh’s pass-rush skills.) But he found a higher gear while chasing a championship. Which suggests that, if/when his buttons are properly pushed, he may still be capable of being one of the most dominant defensive forces in the league.

Which brings back into focus the value of having Tom Brady on the team. Intensely competitive during every game and every practice, Brady’s mere presence may coax out of Suh whatever remaining greatness he’s capable of achieving.

That mindset potentially applies across the board. Brady’s influence could push Suh and the rest of the holdover Buccaneers to find a level of performance they’ve never before realized, collectively or individually. And that’s another reason why the Bucs got a steal when then managed to land Brady for only $25 million per year.

10 responses to “Buccaneers announce return of Ndamukong Suh

  1. He will either do great or he won’t. Same for Brady. It’s not from competitive heart failure that either experience. It’s clearly Father Time versus the Buccaneers. I’m looking forward to seeing who wins.

    My guess is the NFC South Division will be much more competitive and will end up having two teams, maybe three make the playoffs.
    1. Tampa Bay
    2. New Orleans
    3. Carolina
    4. Atlanta

  2. They’ll need him even though he’s nowhere near what he was earlier in his career. Lots of miles, lots of wear and tear.

  3. lol…The Bucs are not asking Suh to be what he was with the Lions. They are asking him to be what he was last year – which is to swallow up the interior to free up Vea and the ends. The modest contract should tell you the expectations. The point of wondering if he what he once was is immaterial, to anything really..

  4. There is not much to respect about DonkeyKong, but he did out perform Ewwin Donald during the playoffs in the latest Ram Snoopy Bowl year. Apparently Ewwin only works during the regular season and vacations afterwards.

  5. That’s a very smart signing. Suh is getting older but he’s been injury free his whole career.

  6. “He will either do great or he won’t. Same for Brady. It’s not from competitive heart failure that either experience. It’s clearly Father Time versus the Buccaneers. I’m looking forward to seeing who wins.

    My guess is the NFC South Division will be much more competitive and will end up having two teams, maybe three make the playoffs.
    1. Tampa Bay
    2. New Orleans
    3. Carolina
    4. Atlanta”

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    I’m not sure I agree. I don’t see any way Atlanta or Carolina get any better this season. Atlanta will be trying to ease too many new players into its system while Carolina will be trying to develop one. Tampa will have a better record by default because of that, even if Winston was their starting QB instead of Brady.

    New Orleans is the best team in that division, but it remains to be seen how long Drew Brees can last during a full regular season. He now has the only duo of wide receivers who can rival Brady’s in Sanders and Thomas. I’ve never thought of New Orleans’ defense as particularly good, but they’re above average (could be better in my opinion with a talented coordinator in place of Dennis Allen, who consistently underachieves with good players). Tampa, on the other hand, still has major questions in the secondary even after they decided on their corners. Their secondary is playing better now in Tampa, but there’s still a ways to go. A lot of their success will depend on how well the running back they’re going to draft will play.

    Overall, I think the division gets less competitive top to bottom, but the Saints may have to win a tiebreaker against the Bucs to beat them out for the division at the end of the year. I don’t see them having more than a one game lead over Tampa, but I do not think that they’re in danger of losing a playoff spot to them. Whomever does take the division certainly will not be the one or two seed.

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