The Bucs have formally moved on from Ndamukong Suh. Tampa Bay changed him within the beginning lineup with the drafting of Logan Corridor on the high of the second spherical. The Bucs changed Suh’s veteran presence on the roster with the addition of veteran defensive deal with Akiem Hicks. The previous Chicago Bear signed a one-year deal price as much as $10 million, in response to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who broke the story.
Former Bears’ DL Akiem Hicks reached settlement immediately on a one-year deal price as much as $10 million with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, per supply. Deal negotiated by Bucs’ exec Mike Greenberg and brokers @DrewJRosenhaus and @RyanMatha.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) Could 31, 2022
Will probably be attention-grabbing to see what the contract breakdown is for the 6-foot-4, 335-pound Hicks, who has 40.5 profession sacks. Suh made $9 million in every of the final two years in Tampa Bay.
Hicks, 32, started his profession in New Orleans in 2012, notching 6.5 sacks in simply over three years with the Saints. He recorded three sacks in 13 video games with New England in 2015 earlier than shifting on to Chicago. Hicks had three straight years with no less than seven sacks with the Bears, together with his lone Professional Bowl season in 2018. That yr he had 55 tackles and seven.5 sacks and three pressured fumbles.
Hicks has battled accidents over the past three seasons, taking part in in simply 29 video games since 2019. He performed in 5 video games in 2019, 15 in 2020 and solely 9 final yr. Hicks has recorded 3.5 sacks in every of the final two years.
With the Bucs not re-signing Suh or 36-year previous veteran Steve McLendon, the workforce will get a bit youthful at defensive deal with. Hicks additionally provides a lot wanted expertise, plus the flexibility to play up and down the defensive position. He’s had expertise taking part in in 3-4 schemes earlier than in New England and in addition in Chicago.