The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a brand new weapon on their defensive entrance.
Ex-Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks reached settlement with the Bucs on a one-year deal price as much as $10 million, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.
Tampa Bay stays in win-now mode and wanted pass-rushing reinforcements after not re-signing Ndamukong Suh and Jason Pierre-Paul this offseason. Just some years in the past, Hicks was top-of-the-line linemen within the NFL.
He earned a Professional Bowl nod in 2018 and tallied 23 sacks and 38 tackles for loss throughout his first three years in Chicago. However the 32-year-old has missed 20 video games over the previous three seasons due to an assortment of accidents. Hicks did handle to play 15 video games in 2020 and recorded a career-high 21 QB hits. Final 12 months, he shifted to defensive deal with and recorded 3.5 sacks in 9 video games.
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With star DT Vita Vea manning the center for Tampa Bay, Hicks figures to maneuver again to his authentic spot outdoors. He’ll be joined by veteran William Gholston, second-year outdoors linebacker Joe Tryon-Shoyinka and 2022 second-round decide Logan Corridor. The potential there, as it’s for the staff, is actually excessive.
Todd Bowles, now the Bucs’ head coach after serving as their defensive coordinator the earlier three seasons, is among the greatest within the enterprise when it comes to creating stress. His unit ranked ninth in sacks final season. That would enhance with a wholesome and rejuvenated Hicks on board.
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