Suh agreed Wednesday with the Buccaneers on a one-year, $8 million contract, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Suh turned in a disappointing first season in Tampa in 2019, notching a career-low 2.5 sacks to go with just 41 tackles, his fewest in seven years. On the positive end, he recovered four fumbles and scored two defensive touchdowns, though those numbers tend not to be reliable year over year. The veteran still played well enough to garner another contract from Tampa Bay, so expect him to again fill a starting role alongside nose tackle Vita Vea.
Suh and the Buccaneers have mutual interest in his return, but the veteran defensive lineman has received interest from other teams in free agency, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Suh's first season in Tampa was a mixed bag, with the 33-year-old recording a career-low 2.5 sacks and also posting his lowest tackle total (41) since the 2012 campaign. Suh did notch two defensive touchdowns -- the only scores of his career other than one he posted in his rookie 2010 campaign in Detroit -- and he also set a new high-water mark with four fumble recoveries. The veteran has been linked to both the 49ers and Cowboys, but the Bucs apparently remain firmly in the running considering Suh's starting defensive tackle spot next to Vita Vea remains open.
Suh finished the 2019 season with 41 tackles (22 solo), 2.5 sacks, four defensed passes, four fumble recoveries, including two that he returned for touchdowns, across 16 games. The final line features an impressive array of impact plays, but it's worth noting Suh's 2019 season was largely a tale of two halves. The veteran had just a half-sack and one fumble recovery heading into a Week 10 battle against the Cardinals, but Suh then accumulated two sacks, four pass breakups, and his three other fumble recoveries, including the two he returned for scores, over the final eight contests of the campaign. The sack total was a career-low figure for Suh, who also posted his lowest tackle tally since the 2013 season. Part of the downturn could have been attributed to an acclimation period to coordinator Todd Bowles' 3-4 scheme, and, as a pending unrestricted free agent this March, the 33-year-old will have an opportunity to potentially find a better fit in a 4-3 attack elsewhere in 2020.
Suh recorded five tackles (three solo), including 1.5 for loss, and was credited with one quarterback hit in the Buccaneers' 23-20 loss to the Texans on Saturday. Suh's productive performance represented yet another installment in his late-season surge, one that's seen him post multiple tackles in seven of his last eight contests. The five stops Saturday equaled a season high as well, and he'll look to put a strong cap on his first Buccaneers campaign against the Falcons in Week 17.
Suh recorded three tackles (two solo), including one sack, and was credited with two quarterback hits overall in the Buccaneers' 38-17 win over the Lions on Sunday. Suh is still set for a cumulative downturn in his numbers this season, but he's at least picking up steam as his first campaign in Tampa winds down. Suh's sack Sunday was his first since Week 10, and it counted as his third impact play on defense over the last four contests after he also recorded a pair of fumble recoveries, including one he returned for a touchdown, in Weeks 12 and 13.
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