Following the franchise’s second Super Bowl championship in February, the Bucs wasted little time in letting everyone know what their intention was coming into the offseason.. everyone is coming back. Ok, well, that is nice and all when in the moment, but the comments from coach Bruce Arians at the championship parade weren’t taken that seriously when they probably should have.
The #Bucs are finalizing a 1-year deal to re-sign DT Ndamukong Suh, source said. Another Super Bowl champ headed back to Tampa.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 24, 2021
According to Ian Rapoport, Ndamukong Suh becomes the latest Bucs free agent to re-up with the team in hopes of adding a third championship trophy to the case at Raymond James Stadium. According to the report, Suh returns on a one-year, $10 million deal. Suh joins Lavonte David, Chris Godwin, Shaquil Barrett, Rob Gronkowski, and Ryan Succop. In fact, the only two players that remain from the Bucs list of key free agents are Antonio Brown and Leonard Fournette, both of whom seem to still be in the Bucs’ plans.
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In two seasons with the Bucs, Suh has played in all 32 regular-season games and has been credited with 8.5 sacks. Suh added 1.5 sacks in the Super Bowl and was praised by defensive coordinator Todd Bowles for keeping Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes in check.
The re-signing of Suh was helped along by a move made earlier in the day by the team and that was a two-year extension to left tackle, Donovan Smith. The two-year extension runs through 2023 and comes in at $31.8 million with $30 million guaranteed according to ESPN’s Jenna Laine. Additionally, Smith’s cap hit, originally slated to be $14.25 million in 2021 drops to $3.6 million.