The Bucs hope they’ve found Gerald McCoy’s replacement.
On Thursday, they officially signed Ndamukong Suh. This had been reported by various outlets a couple of days ago, but I like to wait until things like this are confirmed (must be my TV news background.)
Suh has been around the league for a while. Last year, he was on a Rams team that went to the Super Bowl. He spent the early part of his career in Detroit.
This guy is solid; there’s no doubt about that. But he also comes with baggage – i.e. doing things like stepping on a player during a game. If he can get rid of that stuff, then okay. At the very list, he needs to put numbers similar those put up by McCoy did.
On Monday night, the Buccaneers released Gerald McCoy, the third overall pick in the 2010 draft, a six-time Pro-Bowler, a leader on the defensive line, and a guy who’s done so much for the local community.
Why did this happen? The same reason a lot of moves like this happen: money.
I love how the team officially tells us fans about the news. They say they have “mutually parted ways” with the player in question. Oh, please. And then there’s Twitter – when McCoy was trending, saying his release was a “surprise.” Clearly, the Twitter universe is not a Bucs fan. We diehards have known for a long time that this move was probably coming.
Thanks for the memories, #93. I’m sure you’ll taste the playoffs with another team, like so many other former Bucs have.
Last week, Bucs defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was involved in a car accident in Florida, and suffered a neck injury.
Now, we get word from BSPN that his injury may be so bad that J.P.P. may miss most, if not all, of the entire 2019 season. NFL Network is reporting that he will get a second opinion on his injury, and there is hope that it may heal on its own.
But if the former is indeed true, Tampa Bay would be losing a guy who led the team with 12.5 sacks last year. And then, there’s the drama surrounding the future of Gerald McCoy (which I’ve been following but waiting to write about until we find out the ‘end result’ if you know what I mean.)
Bottom line: fixing the Buccaneers’ awful defense could be a lot more challenging than it already is. Stay tuned.