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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers reworked Ndamukong Suh’s contract before the regular season finale, paving the way for the star-defensive lineman to earn up to $ 1 million in incentives, a league source told ESPN.
Suh’s one-year deal with the Bucs for the 2021 season includes up to $ 1 million in incentives linked to playing time and team-related qualifications and success. The five-time Pro Bowler will earn $ 200,000 for every postseason win he’s on the Tampa Bay list.
However, to be eligible for these post-season earnings, Suh first had to meet several conditions for the regular season included in the contract incentive.
If he played at least 65% of Tampa Bay’s defensive snaps, and the Bucs improved their league or conference rankings in touchdowns on returns and refunds, while finishing better than 28th in the NFL and 14th in the NFC, Suh would earn $ 200,000 and be eligible for post-season earnings.
The Bucs came into last Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers with two touchdowns on returns and refunds – one more than last season, but Suh’s playing time was only 64.18%. However, the Bucs eliminated this playing time condition on Saturday, ensuring that Suh would meet the conditions and be eligible for post-season earnings even if he did not play a moment against the Panthers, the source told ESPN.
Tampa Bay finished in 11th place in the NFL this season in terms of touchdowns on returns and refunds, up from tied for 20th in 2020.
Suh, 35, was once again a faithful for Tampa Bay, playing all 17 games of the regular season this season – the 10th regular season in a row where he has not missed a game. He finished with 27 tackles and six sacks, along with other defensive tackles Vita Vea to anchor a defense that finished third in the NFL against the run.