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Buccaneers sign Ndamukong Suh: Grade, reaction, analysis

After cutting Gerald McCoy on Monday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have now signed Ndamukong Suh.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made the inevitable move to cut six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy on Monday. On Tuesday they made a quick move to replace McCoy, with ESPN’s Adam Schefter and others reporting the Buccaneers are closing in on a one-year deal with Ndamukong Suh.

Suh spent the 2018 season with the Los Angeles Rams, with 4.5 sacks , 59 total tackles and 19 quarterback hits during the regular season. During the Rams’ run to the Super Bowl he had 20 total tackles 1.5 sacks with seven quarterback pressures over the two games entering the Super Bowl.

Contract Details

As mentioned, according to Schefter and others, it’s a one-year deal for Suh in Tampa Bay. Financial terms aren’t out yet, but it’s safe to say Suh will be making less than the $13 million McCoy was due to make this season.

Pro Football Talk speculated on how much Suh’s deal will be worth.

Thomas Bassinger of the Tampa Bay Times was on the same wave length, somewhere in neighborhood of $10 million for Suh.

National Reaction

ESPN Stats and Info shows how Tampa Bay has swapped the No. 3 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft for the No. 2 pick.

NFL business insider Andrew Brandt points out how Suh will add to his substantial career earnings.

Fantasy Data shows how productive and durable Suh has been in his career. The only two games he  has missed in his career came via a two-game suspension in 2011 with the Detroit Lions.

Pro Football Focus offers how consistently they’ve graded Suh over the years.

Leaving aside their PFF grades in 2018, McCoy has outproduced Suh as a pass rusher over the last two seasons. Suh is also a year older, despite being in the same draft class.

The Buccaneers should be trying to get younger, and they have some young players on the defensive side of the ball that need to be cultivated (2018 first-round pick Vita Vea, in particular). Signing Suh was a well-placed win-now move for the Rams a year ago. But even amid higher expectations with Bruce Arians as head coach, Tampa Bay is not in the same place as a contender.

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