Bucs SIgn Veteran DT To 1-Year Deal Worth Up To $10 Million

The Bucs have formally moved on from Ndamukong Suh. Tampa Bay changed him within the beginning lineup with the drafting of Logan Corridor on the prime of the second spherical. The Bucs changed Suh’s veteran presence on the roster with the addition of veteran defensive sort out Akiem Hicks. The previous Chicago Bear signed a one-year deal value as much as $10 million, in accordance with ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who broke the story.

It will likely be fascinating to see what the contract breakdown is for the 6-foot-4, 335-pound Hicks, who has 40.5 profession sacks. Suh made $9 million in every of the final two years in Tampa Bay.

Hicks, 32, started his profession in New Orleans in 2012, notching 6.5 sacks in simply over three years with the Saints. He recorded three sacks in 13 video games with New England in 2015 earlier than shifting on to Chicago. Hicks had three straight years with not less than seven sacks with the Bears, together with his lone Professional Bowl season in 2018. That 12 months he had 55 tackles and seven.5 sacks and three pressured fumbles.

Hicks has battled accidents over the past three seasons, taking part in in simply 29 video games since 2019. He performed in 5 video games in 2019, 15 in 2020 and solely 9 final 12 months. Hicks has recorded 3.5 sacks in every of the final two years.

With the Bucs not re-signing Suh or 36-year outdated veteran Steve McLendon, the crew will get a bit youthful at defensive sort out. Hicks additionally provides a lot wanted expertise, plus the flexibility to play up and down the line of defense. He’s had expertise taking part in in 3-4 schemes earlier than in New England and in addition in Chicago.

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