Ndamukong Suh signs one-year deal with Tampa Bay

Courtesy: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

The Bucs bolstered their defensive line with a splash by agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with veteran defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, Thursday. Widely regarded as the best available free agent, Suh will be entering his 10th season in the NFL and is coming off a productive year while with the Los Angeles Rams in 2018.

Suh was used a lot on the interior at nose tackle of a defensive line that included Aaron Donald in Los Angeles’ 3-4 system last year. A natural and productive disruptor, he totaled 59 combined tackles, 4.5 sacks, 19 quarterback hits and even four passes defensed. He provided an experienced defensive anchor to a relatively young Rams team during his one-year tenure before becoming a free agent this offseason.

Prior to Los Angeles, Suh spent three years in Miami with the Dolphins after signing what was the most lucrative deal for a defensive player in NFL history in 2015. As a Dolphin, he registered 15.5 sacks, 181 tackles, 49 quarterback hits and 13 passes broken up and garnered a Pro Bowl selection in 2016. The bulk of his career came with Detroit, where he spent five seasons with the Lions after they drafted him second overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. Former Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was taken that year as well, just a pick behind Suh, at third overall out of Oklahoma.

Suh was an immediate double-digit sack player for the Lions as a rookie, recording 10.0 and combining for 65 tackles, 13 of which were for loss. During his five years in Detroit, Suh was named an All-Pro and selected to the Pro Bowl three times, including his rookie season where he also won 2010 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

His 107 career tackles for loss currently rank ninth among all active players and he’s appeared on the NFL Top 100 list every season since entering the league.