Ndamukong Suh re-signs with Tampa Bay Buccaneers on one-year, $8m deal

Five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is returning to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a one-year, $8m contract, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday.

Suh recorded 41 tackles, a career-low 2.5 sacks and four fumble recoveries in 16 games in 2019 during his first season with the Buccaneers.

He also scored two touchdowns, the first time he found the end zone since his 2010 rookie campaign.

While Suh’s 2019 statistics likely aren’t eye-opening, he often competed against double teams.

“I wanted the entire defense, if we could, to stay together,” coach Bruce Arians said 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 No. 1 against the run in the league last year, and a lot of it was because of him and Vita (Vea).”

Tampa Bay has also re-signed its starting defensive ends from last season. Jason Pierre-Paul signed a two-year, $27m deal, while the Buccaneers placed the franchise tag on Shaquil Barrett, who led the NFL in sacks with 19.5, forced six fumbles last season to earn his first trip to the Pro Bowl.

The Buccaneers landed the biggest name in free agency last week when six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady chose to join them over the Los Angeles Chargers, after ending his 20-year stint with the New England Patriots.

The 33-year-old Suh spent his first five seasons with the Detroit Lions (2010-14) before joining the Miami Dolphins in 2015 on a six-year, $114m contract.

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