Bucs Legend Chimes In On Suh’s Departure

The Bucs made a daring alternative this offseason, transferring on from veteran stalwart Ndamukong Suh. After three years, the group selected to go in a distinct course, first drafting Logan Corridor with its first choose of the 2022 Draft earlier than signing veteran Akiem Hicks in June.

The frequent theme between each Corridor and Hicks is velocity and athleticism. These are two qualities the getting older Suh couldn’t present anymore. Throughout a latest radio look on WDAE, Bucs legend Derrick Brooks mentioned he doesn’t assume shedding Suh is detrimental.

“With the Suh signing, I don’t assume that’s as huge a deal from a defensive standpoint,” Brooks mentioned. “The athleticism that they want now to take the subsequent step and rebound up entrance, it’s not there with Suh. He got here in. He did what he needed to do. You reward his time and you progress on. And that’s what they’re attempting to do.”

Bucs DTs Ndamukong Suh and Vita Vea – Photograph by: USA Right now

The Bucs introduced Corridor and Hicks in to contribute alongside the line of defense, getting youthful within the course of. However Brooks mentioned he thinks the group will maintain searching for its subsequent high-impact inside lineman within the coming years.

“Now, is the reply there now? No. I feel the reply might be in school proper now, going to be drafted within the subsequent 12 months or two, the subsequent inside man to step in and have simply as huge an influence as Vita [Vea], Brooks mentioned. “On the identical time, by not signing Suh, now you’re going to Vita and saying, ‘Hey, you’re the man. We’d like extra.’ I feel Coach [Todd] Bowles goes to place him ready to do extra and have extra of an influence on the sphere in his defensive scheme.

“I feel getting somewhat bit extra youthful, somewhat bit extra athletic – I don’t assume [Suh is] as huge a loss on the defensive entrance.”

Suh by no means missed a sport throughout his Bucs tenure, taking part in by means of a number of accidents. He had his greatest output throughout the 2020 season, ending with 44 tackles, 9 tackles for loss and 6 sacks. The five-time All-Professional defensive deal with matched his 2020 sack output final 12 months, however noticed his deal with numbers fall. Over three seasons with Tampa Bay, he racked up 112 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, 14.5 sacks, a compelled fumble and 5 fumble recoveries, together with two for touchdowns.