Ndamukong Suh Adamant that Tampa Bay was Always ‘The Ultimate Goal’

Published 04/05/2021, 4:25 PM EDT
Feb 10, 2021; Tampa Bay, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Ndamukong Suh holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy during a boat parade to celebrate victory in Super Bowl LV against the Kansas City Chiefs. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


Former Detroit Lions defensive end Ndamukong Suh signed for Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2019. He has been an ever-present figure playing under defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. The 34-year old entered free agency this summer on completion of his one-year deal.

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However, the reigning Super Bowl champions managed to bring back Suh on another short-term extension. The former Los Angeles Rams man put pen to paper on a one-year deal earlier today.

Feb 4, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh during NFL football practice, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. The Buccaneers will face the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 55. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Zedaker/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

There were reports that Suh was reportedly looking for a change in scenery after spending two years in Florida. But he shot down all those rumors in a recent press conference.

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Veteran defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh re-signs for Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers have now completed their target of re-signing all the 22 starters from their Super Bowl LV over Kansas City Chiefs. The latest player to join the list was Buccaneers defensive end, Ndamukong Suh. The 5-time Pro Bowler maintained that his plan was always to return and defend the championship title with Tampa Bay.

“Tampa was always the ultimate goal. I’m super-comfortable in that city…I love playing in Coach Bowles’ defense,” Suh said during the press meet.

First team to return all 22 Super Bowl starters since 1977…

We BACK back. 😏 pic.twitter.com/5HV9iWUXEz

— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) April 5, 2021

Suh, along with the likes of Lavonte David, Shaquill Barrett, and Devin White, put in performances of a lifetime in the 9-31 win over the Chiefs. DC Todd Bowles, and HC Bruce Arians, deserve credit for the work they’ve done down south in Florida in the last two years.

Tom Brady will be delighted to see what GM Jason Licht and others have managed to pull off in the last couple of months. Suh, who recently became a father to twins, was a crucial cog in the Bucs’ defense last year.

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Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after beating the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Buccaneers have already franchise-tagged  WR Chris Godwin ahead of the 2021 NFL season. They need just a few minor tweaks at the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft and they’ll be ready to defend their Championship ring in 2021.

But only time will tell if their 2020 Championship win was a one-time affair. Watch this space for more.

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