The Bucs have re-signed the overwhelming majority of their very own free brokers this offseason, with a number of extra key gamers nonetheless accessible. A type of gamers is defensive sort out Ndamukong Suh. Many have anticipated the veteran to ultimately re-sign with the Bucs this offseason. And it is sensible. Tampa Bay is skinny at defensive sort out, and so they’ve made no exterior signing to fill his spot. Suh is coming off back-to-back six sacks seasons as an amazing operating mate for Vita Vea.
However listening to GM Jason Licht on the league conferences in Palm Seashore, it doesn’t sound like re-signing Suh is imminent. In actual fact, Licht implied that bringing Suh again might hinge on different developments that haven’t happen but this offseason.
“Nonetheless in contact, nonetheless speak,” Licht mentioned when requested if he’d spoken with Suh’s representatives. “Obtained numerous balls within the air, numerous choices we’ve to make shifting ahead, for various causes. However we’ll go away the whole lot. It’s an open door for lots of various issues that might come up. However we’ll see what occurs. There may be (a time ingredient to it). However there’s a time ingredient on a number of different positions as nicely.”
Will Bucs Wait On Re-Signing Suh?
You received’t discover many extra ambiguous statements than this one from Licht. Consequently, I’m left to closely learn between the strains. Listed here are my guesses as to what’s occurring with Suh this offseason. Please take into account these are educated guesses, not studies.
Suh has at all times been a little bit of a mercenary in free company. I might be shocked if he settled for Will Gholston-level cash to return. He probably desires to be paid within the $8 million vary for this season, with incentives. And the Bucs are most likely questioning if there are comparable, cheaper choices on the market because of this. Even when it means they cut up the $8 million between two gamers.
When Licht references the “balls within the air”, I believe he’s speaking concerning the draft. The Bucs probably wish to draft a defensive sort out in April, however will any good ones be accessible? If Tampa Bay is ready to land Devonte Wyatt within the first spherical, maybe their need to re-sign Suh wanes. They’d be 4 deep at defensive sort out, presumably 5 in the event that they choose one other later within the draft. I additionally wouldn’t rule out an inexpensive free agent signing prior to now and the primary spherical.
However, if the Bucs strike out within the draft at defensive sort out, maybe re-acquiring Suh is a precedence once more. The workforce goes to Plan B, pushes a bit more cash down the highway, and retains their inside line of defense intact. That could be the place each side are at in negotiations this offseason. Tampa Bay desires Suh again, however most likely not at his typical price. And the three-time All-Professional isn’t keen to play for much less. So, except Suh is keen to go signal elsewhere, this staring match might final till after the draft.