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Bucs officially sign Ndamukong Suh

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After releasing star defensive tackle Gerald McCoy earlier in the week, the Buccaneers have finally officially announced his replacement Ndamukong Suh will be part of the first year of Bruce Arians’ coaching stint in Tampa Bay.

The Bucs made it official on their website earlier Thursday afternoon that Suh has agreed to a one-year contract:

Suh slides in for McCoy, who after the six-time Pro-Bowl Buccaneer refused to take a pay cut off his $13 million-dollar salary slated for 2019. Suh was not re-signed by the Los Angeles Rams after his one-year deal in 2018 for $14 million.

Suh, like McCoy nine-year veteran, and is a five-time Pro Bowl selection and was the number 2 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft out of Nebraska just in front of the Bucs taking McCoy. Suh has started all 142 regular season games he has played, including the last 115 consecutively.

Suh had 4.5 sacks and 4 tackles for loss in L.A. for the regular last year. Then, in the playoffs, he registered 10 tackles and 1.5 sacks in helping the Rams reach Super Bowl 53 in February. Suh has 56 sacks, 107 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, and four fumbles recoveries, while playing for the Lions originally and then the Dolphins for three seasons after that. Miami had released Suh in March of last year after he refused to take a pay cut, himself, saving the Dolphins $17 million in cap relief.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter had reported that the deal was imminent on Tuesday, but apparently one of the complications is that Suh is currently in France on a vacation. That hindered his ability to sign the deal before Thursday.

The Bucs are expected to put Suh in the middle of the new 3-4 defense that new coordinator, Todd Bowles is installing. He will also compliment last year’s number one pick Vita Vea along the Bucs defensive line.

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