Ndamukong Suh and the Buccaneer defensive line have continued their dominance from last season. Even with the loss of Vita Vea, the run defense is still the best in the league by a decent margin.
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Ndamukong Suh has become a big part of the leadership on this roster due to his performance and experience, and the Buccaneers will make it a priority to keep him in Tampa Bay for one more season.
Similar to the situation with Gronk, Suh should want to return to Tampa Bay for at least one more season, and this should lend itself to a slightly cheaper contract. The team is good and on the verge of its best success in over a decade, and Suh should feel loyalty to returning. The Buccaneers should also return that loyalty with their offer.
The Buccaneers gave Suh eight million dollars to return this year, and five million sounds like a fair price for Suh to return for the third time on. This is not a complete departure to favor one side or the other, and it is fair to keep a pivotal part of the defense happy.
Bringing back Suh on a slightly cheaper contract could free the Buccaneers up to make one or two signings at backup, and this coupled with a few other players that have a reduced price could allow for a larger signing during an all-in season.