Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles was recently asked about the team’s free agency plans moving forward at his introductory press conference. Bowles confirmed the Buccaneers were looking to bring back Ndamukong Suh. Recently Suh congratulated Bowles on becoming the Buccaneers’ new coach and hinted he’s interested in returning in a tweet.
Bowles Knows Suh
Suh has been a stalwart up front for the Buccaneers defense. Ever since joining the team in 2019, Suh has been the anchor of that line. His ability to be disruptive was a key to not only a dominant run defense but a benefit for the Buccaneers pass rushers.
Suh is getting up there in age, but he’s still playing at a high level. The value he brings in the development of Vita Vea and others is priceless. The tone he sets in game is one of ferocity and passion, just ask Aaron Rodgers. His presence in the locker room is of great value across the board.
A “Honey” Of A Safety
Tyrann Mathieu, a free agent safety, was another player Bowles was questioned about. With Jordan Whitehead recently moving on, the Bucs signed Logan Ryan this offseason, but Mathieu might be a welcome addition.
Via Greg Auman of The Athletic, “Todd Bowles, asked if Tyrann Mathieu might give the Bucs a family discount in free agency, says they’re just trying to be able to get Ndamukong Suh back, before they can work on any more outside additions,”
Mathieu has been exceptional for the Kansas City Chiefs, and has several teams reportedly vying for his services. Over the previous three seasons, his 13 interceptions and two touchdowns have ranked among the league’s best safeties, and he’s still only 29 years old.
The salary cap is still an issue for the Buccaneers. But bringing in Mathieu, a 29-year-old All-Pro safety would help fortify a secondary that struggled late last season. As the organization completes the transition to Bowles, this is worth keeping an eye on.
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