As the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reload for a run at a repeat championship, they’re keeping a couple of critical 300-pounders in the fold.
Offensive tackle Donovan Smith agreed on a two-year, $31.8 million contract extension through 2023 that now includes $30 million guaranteed over the next two seasons, per multiple reports. Smith was in the final year of his contract and could have become a free agent in March 2022.
NFL Network reported the deal, once finalized, creates $10.6 million under the salary cap.
Most of those funds are already earmarked for a one-year, $9 million extension with defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, according to multiple reports.
The two sides agreed to terms Wednesday.
Suh turned 34 before the Super Bowl, then recorded 1.5 sacks of Patrick Mahomes in the Buccaneers’ dominant defensive performance.
Suh is listed by the Buccaneers as a defensive end in the 3-4 front but slides to defensive tackle when Tampa puts four defenders on the line.
His presence was credited by first-rounder Vita Vea as the reason the Buccaneers’ swift linebacking corps had such a profound impact on the playoffs.
Smith was a second-round pick out of Penn State and is entering his age 28 season. The short-term extension saves Tampa money and would allow Smith to sign another big contract at age 30.
Suh, the No. 2 pick in the 2010 draft, has missed two games in 11 seasons and enters the 2021 campaign with 174 regular-season games played, 64.5 sacks, 123 tackles for loss and three fumble returns for TDs.
–Field Level Media
The Rams continue to roll. Boasting an impressive 7-0 start, they’re the favorites to win Super Bowl 53. Jared Goff is playing as an MVP candidate, Aaron Donald is Wreaking havoc for QBs in the backfield, Todd Gurley the unstoppable force that has yet to meet the immovable object. They’ve posted 235 points and allowed only 128 (a point differential of +107). It’s true, 3 of those games were against the dismally woeful 49ers, Cardinals, and Raiders. However, starting Sunday, they’ll begin a tough stretch, facing the Packers, Saints, and Seahawks before heading into their Bye Week.
Green Bay is coming off of a much-needed bye week. Their wide-receiving corps hasn’t seemed to be 100% healthy since week 1. Aaron Rodgers has slowly but surely been improving his mobility, allowing him to be more of a threat outside of the pocket. The Rams pose their biggest challenge of the season so far, and a win this week (combined with a Minnesota loss) would put the Packers atop the NFC North. After the Rams, the Packers play New England, Miami, Seattle and Minnesota, and only the game vs the Dolphins is at home.
It’s interesting to note that the Packers are 0-2 on the road, and 1 field goal away from being 4-0 at home. The Rams are averaging just over 35 Points at home and 32 on the road, so it doesn’t really matter where they play. Los Angeles comes in as 9-point favorites to a game that very likely will have playoff implications down the line.
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