Buccaneers lose out on former leader to free agency

Ndamukong Suh, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
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Well, Buccaneers fans don’t have to hear about the team needing to re-sign Ndamukong Suh any longer. Perhaps that’s a good thing.

The Buccaneers and their defense have been a main topic of discussion in the NFL for weeks now. This group has been one of the best in the league through the start of the season, but there have certainly been games where the unit has failed to show up.

It felt like in every game where the opponent was able to find some success with the run for what was generally the first time in three years, fans championed for the Bucs to bring Ndamukong Suh back.

Suh was a part of a resurgence for the Buccaneer defense, but now it looks like that chance is off the table with the former defensive line leader signing with the Super Bowl-contending Eagles.

Now, the Bucs won’t be able to go after Suh as a free agent, but that isn’t a bad thing. The Buccaneers are a better team without Suh, even if the fanbase doesn’t recognize it.

Akiem Hicks has been a major addition to this defense, has been better against the run and the pass, and he has been cheaper than Suh was over the past few weeks.

When Hicks is actually able to suit up and play, the Buccaneer defense looks like one of the best in the NFL. The team never needed Suh when Hicks was healthy, and there was no defensive formation that made sense with Suh and Hicks on the field at the same time.

Ndamukong Suh is not going to be a Buccaneer again in 2022. It is officially time for the fanbase to move on and be happy with what they already have on their very-talented line.

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