Buccaneers Hall of Famer absolutely right about Ndamukong Suh
By Rob Leeds
The Buccaneers losing Ndamukong Suh is going to worry some people, but Derrick Brooks is right when he says this is nothing to worry about.
Moving on from Ndamukong Suh to sign Akiem Hicks and draft Logan Hall could be one of the best moves the Buccaneers make all offseason.
It is never easy for a team to move on from a veteran and such a key part of a turnaround over the last few years, but Suh was the exact type of player that a team should move on from when the opportunities are there.
Hicks could replicate or surpass Suh in his first season, and Hall is the type of player that has a very bright future at the position. It is also worth mentioning that both guys could still end up being cheaper than Suh based on his most recent price tag.
One way or another, the sky isn’t falling, and Derrick Brooks is of the mind that this won’t come back to hurt the team.
Suh hasn’t been a need for this defense for a while. Sure, his numbers have looked good over the past few years, but he hasn’t even been the second-most important defensive lineman since the emergence of William Gholston.
The veteran defender was turning into a drain on resources and taking reps from younger guys that needed to develop. Hall may not be that guy in his first year, but Suh staying in Tampa would only delay that development even further if he stayed with Hicks.
As little fun as it is to see a guy leave, this should be one of the easier moves to stomach in the grand scheme of things. Suh did his part and left the team in a better place than he found it.
Now, that job is going to fall to the younger guys, and much like Brooks, Bucs fans should like that these more-than-capable younger faces are stepping up to the plate.
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