Ndamukong “Suh Doesn’t Want To Go Nowhere”

March 20th, 2021

Waiting for the big fish to sign.

The only thing that stops Bucs beastly free agent defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh from re-signing with the Bucs is retirement.

That’s the educated guess coming from former Bucs guard and current popular sports radio personality Ian Beckles. Speaking on his podcast, “In the Trenches,” Beckles was discussing Bucs free agency and how or if certain free agents will return.

Two guys, who as of midnight last night were still free agents, Antonio Brown and Ndamukong Suh, were among the topics. The ex-Bucs lineman is confident both will be back in 2021.

“I mean, AB [Antonio Brown] doesn’t want to leave Tom Brady, does he?” Beckles wondered. “He held his hand all the time. Like literally.”

Then, Beckles turned his attention to Suh. Beckles is quite confident if Suh plays football this fall, it will be wearing pewter and red.

“Suh doesn’t want to go nowhere at the end of his career if he doesn’t retire,” Beckles said. “Suh doesn’t want to go move anywhere. Who, who, what — who wants to leave here?”

Beckles is of the mind there is way too much money tied up in tight ends and that if anyone deserves to get paid it is foot-rubbing, car-littering Rob Gronkowski. So Beckles would target that position with cost-cutting decision, especially O.J. Howard, who blew out his Achilles in the win over the Chargers and was lost for the season.

“O.J. Howard is just a name, OK?” Beckles grumbled. “O.J. Howard is just a name. He looks good in his uniform. I’ve never seen him play great. Never.”

As always, Beckles welcomes feedback and encourages listeners to submit Bucs questions by e-mailing him at IanBeckles@RadioInfluence.com.

42 Responses to “Ndamukong “Suh Doesn’t Want To Go Nowhere””

  1. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Suh is a cornerstone .

  2. Chris Thomas from Heaven Says:

    God willing & the creek don’t rise…..i think the Bucs & Suh have an agreement that they’ll sign him eventually. Just need to get their ducks in a row.

  3. Beeej Says:

    I have heard ZERO.ZERO news about OJ, we don’t even know if he’ll be ready by training camp

  4. DaBux Says:

    OJ Howard can be cut. Let someone else gamble on his “projected” talent. Suh would be a nice signing and drafting a DT to learn and play with our vets is the right move.

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Before signing Suh & others, Lucht has some extensions & restructuring to accomplish.
    JPP, D.Smith,Jensen,
    And I’m still hopeful for a long-term deal with Godwin

  6. BucEmUp Says:

    O.J Howard SHOULD be one of the first names talked about on the team.with his ability….but he has never done anything. Never took over a game, never stood out in a game, hes never done anything. No wonder he slid to us

  7. Gofortheface30 Says:

    Would have to agree about OJ. A few things: 1. The catch OJ made against Denver, Brate could never do that in a million years. I love Brate ok, I’m sure people will get their g-strings in a bunch by the mere suggestion that OJ is much more talented (he is) and simply put he adds a kind of dimension to the offense that nobody else can bring. Number 2: The problem is at what point has he done that in 4 years. Maybe a handful of times? Brate is a guy you can count on. And if it comes down to it that we need a few extra milly to keep Suh and AB, even for just another year then I say offload OJ. 6 million coming off an Achilles? It’s one thing coming back from an ACL, as he’d be back at 100%, but what use would we have for him anyway if he’s not the 4.55 guy anymore

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Before we sign Suh & others…Light has some extensions & restructures to accomplish with:
    JPP, Gholston, D. Smith, Marpet, Jensen and I’m still hopeful for a long term deal with Godwin.

  9. Bobby M. Says:

    Agree….too much money at TE. Licht found Howard and Brate…..i think you trade Howard for maybe a 3rd or 4th rd pick and draft his replacement. Right now, Howard is mostly a back up to Gronk…..a rookie can learn a role to supplement Gronk occasionally. The other guy Hudson showed ability to make some catches….he seems to stick around for a reason. If we’re going all in to win now….i dont see where Howard fits into the equation.

  10. TOM Says:

    First off, I don’t usually agree with Beckles a lot of times but he’s dead on about Howard. I’m not sure the Bucs can just release him and save 6mil or if not release him with a injury settlement. I believe its just a matter of time before the Bucs sign Suh. Switching to the draft, I would consider trading down or BPA depending on position.

  11. Buczilla Says:

    Damn, I really hope that Suh comes back. Howard is like another Winston, Eric Curry type who is ultra talented but just broken somehow.

  12. Beeej Says:

    We have a lot of money tied up at tight end, but we run a LOT of two tight end sets, and we would have been so screwed last year if we did not have Gronk

  13. Bird Says:

    Suh is coming back

    He knowes

  14. Anonymous Says:

    AB will be back at league minimum if he has to. The amount of money he will make as the spokesperson for the new TB12/Tony Robbins self-help program will more than make up for it.


    If Suh is retiring than retire but don’t leave Bucs hanging they need to find a replacement and now that Seattle is looking at AB he could be gone and to be honest I would rather have Metcalf & AB over Evan’s & Godwin. Sign AB NOW!

  16. m0j0 Says:

    OJ isn’t going anywhere. Brate on the other hand…

  17. Winny Testaverde Says:

    I wouldn’t necessarily blame Suh if he retired. He has twins on the way and has made a ton of loot during his career. He balled out in the Super Bowl and could go out on top.

    I’m still not clear on the Howard situation. The Bucs picked up his 5th year option…guaranteed for injury only…which of course he is. Injury settlement perhaps? Deafening silence on his front.

  18. Bucs Guy Says:

    Suh will sign. AB will stay for the right amount only. Trade OJ and keep Brate – potential < reliability and availability. Ask for a 2nd round pick, accept a 3rd.

    Sign FA James White.

    Then begin looking at extensions on players before we get to 2022. Need to decide who you will resign or need to consider drafting their replacement. Big questions will be JPP, D Smith, Gronk, Rojo and Jensen.

  19. Mitch Says:

    OJ is just a name. He has been injured and outside of flashing his immense talent has never developed to be the top 3 TE he could have been. He isn’t even the 3rd best TE on the roster right now. Just a superb athlete that can’t play football.

    I think the line is that he looks like Tarzan and plays like Jane.

  20. Capt.Tim Says:

    Good Lord!
    I agreed with an Ian Beckles article.

    You guys wanting O.J. Back are dreamers. The guy has never been anything but potential and disappointment.

    Every Howard lover starts with” do you remember how great he was playing, before . . .”

    No. I dont.

    Brate has been a dependable weapon on this team, for years.
    The guy is a fantastic tight end. One of the best in the league.
    Together with Gronk- they are Lethal.

    Trading production for Potential is a loser mover.
    Stay with the horse that brung ya.
    And that wasnt O J Howard

  21. TheseBucs Says:

    OJ Howard couldn’t be great with the inaccurate int machine throwing low or high or behind him all the time.

  22. BillMFL Says:

    OJ has always looked like the prototype TE but has never played up to his potential. Somethings missing. Drive? Killer instinct? Confidence? Smarts? Brate doesn’t have the physical gifts but he knows how to find the the small openings in goal line plays, makes the catch and hangs onto the ball in heavy traffic. And an Achilles is not easy to recover from. Gronk and Brate are my favorites. I also think Auclair’s role can be replaced with a backup line man in short yardage plays. Find a blocking tight end with better hands than Auclair either free agent or later round draft choice.

  23. Cobraboy Says:

    If Suh was going to retire he would already have said as much.

    He’s been a late signer the last two years.

    I, too, am interested in Howard’s physical condition. Have the Bucs said anything at all?

  24. Pickgrin Says:

    Seems like every spring the past 3 years – there’s tons of talk about getting rid of OJ Howard – or getting rid of Cam Brate.

    Just STOP! Both will be here in 2021 and likely beyond.

    The Bucs 3 headed monster at TE (best TE group in the league) is surpassed only by their 3 headed monster at WR (assuming AB comes back – again, best WR group in the league).

    And on the other side of the ball, the Bucs have a 4 headed monster at LB (LD54, White, JPP and Shaq).

    So the Bucs have the GOAT at QB still playing at a very high level – the best group of TEs in the NFL, The best group of WRs in the NFL and the best group of LBers in the NFL.

    No wonder the Bucs are SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS…..

  25. ModHairKen Says:

    O.J. Howard is just a name, OK?” Beckles grumbled. “O.J. Howard is just a name. He looks good in his uniform. I’ve never seen him play great. Never.”

    Ok, Ian Drunkard Horse Abuser. The definition of journeyman. You were a lump. Best day was when you left. Can you just go away again?

  26. Bobojango Says:

    Yeah I think OJs 6 million is guaranteed if we cut him, unless the Buccaneers can prove he’s healthy. Most teams ain’t gonna trade for a TE (OJ) that has been injured more than he’s actually played . Not to mention it would be a 1 year rental at 6 mill.

  27. SKBucsFan Says:

    If there’s a market for OJ then trade him. He has not been an impact player and may be one of Lichts worst 1st round busts ever. And he has had a few.

  28. MadMax Says:

    Drop Howard, draft Frieremuth! End of conversation….

  29. MadMax Says:

    This is a Superbowl team…. a roster spot is worth more than 6 mill

  30. MadMax Says:

    Btw, ya’ll know Big Suh makes more money outside the NFL than in it, right? But I know his drive wants that repeat legacy….plus he’s not ready to leave Big V, not yet lol

  31. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    I agree, Suh would be one of my top offseason resignings. Very doubtful a rookie can replace Suh.

  32. unbelievable Says:

    I think Brady wants Howard back though.

    And I believe Suh will come back.

  33. An Erection for Sacks Says:

    Chris Thomas from Heaven Says:
    March 20th, 2021 at 8:04 am
    “God willing…”


    As an adult, you should know better.

  34. Duane Says:

    Suh has been everything we never got from Gerald McCoy. Even his friggin chef was of value in keeping Vea in shape and giving him the opportunity to rehab and get healthy. Does Suh even sustain injuries? This guy has earned the right to come back for a chance to repeat.

  35. Buc1987 Says:

    Beckles is right.

    So long as this goat keeps hanging around.

    No one is going to want to leave Tampa Bay.

    Go Bucs!!! (Repeat, repeat, repeat!!)

  36. HeyItsAdam Says:

    I’m am so sick and tired about hearing about ON’s “potential.” It’s been 5 years. And don’t tell me about his highlights…. how many INTS is he responsible for when he just handed the ball to the other team?

    OJ was a reach. Licht knows it. Brate fought and fought and has stuck around despite getting submarined in the draft.

    Dalvin Cook was the pick. Period. End of story. You can argue otherwise but the stats and reality say otherwise. Brate/Gronk is a fine duo.

  37. adam from ny Says:

    i have all 3 tight ends returning…

    gronk is getting older and you hope he holds up for the full season…

    oj simply never holds up for a season, and can’t be cut because the cap hit remains the same due to his injury…facts…so he is here…unless he is traded away for almost nothing – due to another team taking a risk on the possibility of a permanently damaged achilles…

    and brate is mister reliable when put into action…brady does trust cam…

    so keep all of them…

    no auclair…

    hundson is the 4th…

    that is that…

    also if they don’t bring AB back, and hope the void is filled by tyler and scottie, that’s fine…

    but…it gives more reason for heavier tight end sets and a reason to keep the main 3 TE’s…because then i see them playing a slightly heavier role in the offense…

    also i can’t see them trading cam with the idea that hudson will be that guy – because he hasn’t done much of anything yet – except be a pre-season superstar…

    i think cam is worth his money personally…

    also he does extremely well in front of the mikes…just sayin’


  38. Snook Says:

    OJ Howard is the new Gerald McCoy. Everyone loves the two or three big plays he’s made in his entire career and acts like he’s such a huge talent. Both are overrated Bucs. As soon as OJ is healthy, he needs to be traded.

  39. MadMax Says:

    Trust me, if we draft Frieremuth and he’s as solid in the nfl as he was at Penn St, OJ will be a washed out memory. Can you imagine the top shelf talent that will be guiding him? ….baby Gronk under the real Gronk? …lol, come on man

  40. MadMax Says:

    And who is that other Penn St. player we have?

  41. westernbuc Says:

    OJ would’ve been a pro bowler if he stayed healthy this year

  42. sincethebeginning Says:

    Re-sign Brate. Re-sign Suh. Howard GTFO.