Tampa Bay Buccaneers to re-sign defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, per reports

Much of the focus on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' offseason has centered on the seismic change brought about by quarterback Tom Brady's arrival. On defense, however, the prevailing theme is continuity.

The Buccaneers retained one of their final key defensive pieces on Wednesday, with the team poised to re-sign defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh on a one-year, $8 million contract, according to multiple reports.

With the move, Tampa Bay will return its starting front seven from 2019. NFL sack leader Shaquil Barrett was given by the franchise tag, and outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul re-signed on a two-year, $25 million contract.

A five-time Pro Bowl selection, Suh, 31, helped the Buccaneers become the NFL's top-ranked run defense (73.8 yards per game), though the unit ranked 30th against the pass (270.1 yards allowed per game).

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In February, head coach Bruce Arians said retaining the defense's top free agents was his biggest offseason priority. 

"Oh, yeah. To me, it's the whole defense," Arians told ESPN. "You can't get 'em all, but … those young guys grew. We can't let that go. I don't care who's my quarterback. We've gotta have a defense."

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