Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh isn’t going anywhere in free agency. He is expected to remain with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a one-year, $8 million deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Suh signed a one-year deal with the Buccaneers last offseason. The new deal will see him take a pay cut as the deal he signed last year was for $9.25 million.
Last year, Suh had 41 tackles (22 solo and 19 assisted), 2.5 sacks, and four defended passes. He also had 261 snaps against double teams, which was the third-most in the NFL behind Aaron Donald and Kenny Clark. The Buccaneers’ defense allowed the fewest rushing yards (73.8 per game) and was tied for seventh in the league in sacks with 47.
Bringing Suh back is a good decision for the Buccaneers as it keeps their defense from last year intact.
“I wanted the entire defense, if we could, to stay together,” Bucs coach Bruce Arians told ESPN on Wednesday. “They played so well together. Each piece of the puzzle knew each other. Suh was a big, big part of it. Not as much in the sack game as much as his interior pressure and the great job he did last year against the run. I mean, we were number one against the run in the league last year, and a lot of it was because of him and Vita Vea.”
In addition to Suh, Shaq Barrett, who led the NFL in sacks last year, is returning after being tagged. Jason Pierre-Paul has also re-signed with the team.