Ndamukong Suh

NFL Rumors: How Tom Brady factored into Ndamukong Suh's Bucs signing

NFL Rumors: How Tom Brady factored into Ndamukong Suh's Bucs signing

Turns out NFL free agents like the idea of competing for a Super Bowl with a quarterback who's won six of them.

Defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh re-signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Thursday on a one-year, $8 million contract.

The Bucs were Suh's third team in three years and went 7-9 last season, so it wouldn't have shocked anyone if the five-time Pro Bowler moved on after 2019.

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But that was before Tampa Bay landed former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Here's NBC Sports' Peter King with some insight on Suh's deal in Monday's "Football Morning in America" column:

One team talking with Suh believes playing with Brady was the tipping point in Tampa Bay’s favor.

Brady had signed a two-year, $50 million contract with the Bucs the previous Friday, transforming a mediocre club into a serious contender.

Brady coming on board apparently convinced Suh to re-sign on a relatively team-friendly deal -- much like tight end Cameron Brate did last week -- after making $9.25 million in 2019.

We can see why: The 33-year-old has won just two postseason games in six tries over his 10-year NFL career. (His most recent loss was with the Los Angeles Rams to Brady's Patriots in Super Bowl LIII.)

Suh should help Tampa Bay's playoff aspirations, and while the Bucs may not spend like crazy in free agency, Brady choosing them already is proving to be a boon for business.

NFL rumors: Ndamukong Suh returns to Buccaneers to help Tom Brady in 2020

NFL rumors: Ndamukong Suh returns to Buccaneers to help Tom Brady in 2020

Tom Brady denied Ndamukong Suh a championship ring when the New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII. They'll try to win one together on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020.

Suh is returning to the Bucs on a one-year contract, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Suh tallied 2.5 sacks, 41 total tackles, four passes defensed and four fumble recoveries in 16 games for the Buccaneers last season. His return helps solidify a talented Tampa Bay defensive front that also includes 2019 sack leader Shaquil Barrett, who was franchise tagged by the Bucs early in free agency.

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Tampa Bay's defense was pretty good last season, especially over the final eight games. The Bucs were particularly strong against the run, allowing just 3.3 yards per carry (tied for the best in the league).

Brady took his talents to the Buccaneers on a two-year contract that could earn him as much as $59 million, including $50 million guaranteed.

The arrival of Brady and the return of Suh understandably have Buccaneers fans as excited as they've ever been for a season. Oddsmakers are similarly optimistic and have given the Bucs the fifth-best betting odds to win Super Bowl LV.

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NFL free agents 2020: Top 15 free agents remaining

NFL free agents 2020: Top 15 free agents remaining

A good chunk of NFL free agency has come and passed. At the stroke of noon on Monday, March 16, the NFL's legal tampering period began. What followed that was a flurry of announced deals that couldn't be signed until the new league year opened at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 18.

That date has now come and gone as well. Many of the best players on the market have already agreed to terms with their new (or old) teams. That includes quarterback Tom Brady, who will be signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

As the week comes to an end, it's time to do a bit of a reset on our top free-agent rankings. With only five players of our original top 50 overall free agents still available, the market has drastically changed in under a week's time. That said, there are still plenty of potential contributors available at premium positions, and there is quite a lot of depth at the receiver position in particular.

Here's a look at the top 15 players that are still available as NFL free agency continues into another week.

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