Buccaneers news: Ndamukong Suh contract signing has been delayed by his trip to France
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Ndamukong Suh contract signing with Buccaneers has been delayed by his trip to France

Ndamukong Suh, Buccaneers

Ndamukong Suh is still going to be joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, we’re just going to have to wait a little while before it’s official. We heard earlier this week that Suh had agreed to a contract with Tampa Bay, but nothing has been announced formally yet. Turns out, it’s because Suh is out of the country.

Suh had informed the team previously he was taking a trip abroad, per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. That means it wasn’t anything unplanned, and there’s no reason to panic. Stroud notes that Suh has been posting pictures to his Instagram from a vineyard in France.

The veteran defensive tackle agreed to join the team shortly after they cut longtime defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. They didn’t want to pay McCoy his hefty $11 million salary, so presumably they were able to get Suh for less. We don’t know that for sure though, as no financial terms have been disclosed.

Suh spent one season with the Los Angeles Rams last year, and was mostly quiet during the regular season. He turned it on in the playoffs though, and was dominant during Los Angeles’ postseason run. Suh is 32 now, so he’s actually a year older than McCoy is.

If he’s ever been one thing though, it’s an iron man. Suh has been remarkably durable during his pro career, only missing two games during his time in the league, and both of those were due suspension and not injury.

Suh will be joining a new-look defense in Tampa Bay led by new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. The Buccaneers are transitioning into the first year of the Bruce Arians era, and have a huge season ahead of them. Hopefully, Suh will be able to look like he did during the playoffs.