The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made the decision to walk away from star defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and his $13 million price tag. McCoy dominated in his nine seasons with Tampa Bay, being named a six-time Pro Bowler and three-time First-team All-Pro.
After losing the top defensive tackle, the Buccaneers immediately made a play to replace McCoy.
Interestingly enough, the Buccaneers are reportedly signing the man who went right before McCoy in the 2010 NFL draft.
According to a report from Adam Schefter, the Buccaneers are reportedly finalizing a one-year deal with Ndamukong Suh.
Ndamukong Suh and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are finalizing a one-year deal, a source tells ESPN. Barring any late hang ups, Suh is now expected to be a Buccaneer.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 21, 2019
Schefter revealed why Suh chose to sign with the Buccaneers:
“[Suh] was interested in playing for Tampa’s new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. Plus, no state tax in Florida, making a deal there more attractive.”
Suh spent the 2018 season with the Los Angeles Rams, reaching the Super Bowl. He’ll be on his third team in as many years after the Rams decided not to reach a contract agreement with him.
He started his career with the Detroit Lions, where he played for five seasons before becoming the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history (at the time) after signing with the Dolphins.
The Dolphins released Suh following the 2017 season in order to free up cap space.