Buccaneers bolster defensive front with tremendous signing

Akiem Hicks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Akiem Hicks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers scored the steal of free agency, by waiting to pounce on their newest defensive lineman. With the move, the defensive front of the Buccaneers is now arguably the most terrifying in all of football.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Bucs are bringing in former Chicago Bears’ defensive lineman Akeim Hicks in what appears to be an absolute steal.

It’s been pretty well known for some time now that Ndamukong Suh was not going to be back in Tampa Bay. Despite the drafting of Logan Hall with the first pick of the second round in this year’s draft, the Bucs were able to bring in more stable replacement for Suh.

While Hall is more likely than not the long-term answer to replace Suh on the defensive line, now there’s less pressure on the youngster to step in and produce right away. Hicks is a former Pro Bowl player, and his presence now makes the Buccaneers’ defensive front even more lethal than it already was.

Vita Vea is an absolute game-wrecker in the middle. William Gholston, one of the more underrated players by both the NFL and Buccaneers community alike, next to him already made for a deadly duo. Now, you add in Hicks with Hall thrown in, and the Bucs all of a sudden have arguably the biggest up-front nightmare for opposing offenses in the entire NFL. We haven’t even mentioned the linebackers, who now all of a sudden find themselves with less pressure on them now that another monster in the middle has come to town. Lavonte David and Devin White are huge winners in this move, as we all are.

Jason Licht and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to have tremendous offseasons. With the return of Tom Brady and now Akiem Hicks being brought into the fold, the Buccaneers are set up for great success in the short term, while still planning brilliantly for the long term.