Buccaneers Tried To Trade Up For Ndamukong Suh

April 11th, 2023

Six-time Bucs Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.

It’s been a weird week for former Buccaneers rock star general manager Mark Dominik.

You can catch up on the Cameron Jordan head-scratcher here. Then came former Buccaneers Super Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh sharing his NFL Draft story on The Rich Eisen Show on SiriusXM.

Suh told Eisen that the Bucs, in 2010, told him during a draft-night phone call they wanted him and were planning to draft him at No. 3 if he got there. Suh, apparently, wanted to play for Tampa Bay and implored the Bucs to use their extensive draft capital to trade up one spot to take him at No. 2.

Suh then explained he later was told the Bucs tried to trade up for him but a Lions assistant coach, Gunther Cunningham, was banging the table hard to draft Suh and the Lions wouldn’t deal as a result. Per Suh, Cunningham explained to him that the Bucs were making a strong offer but it wasn’t going to happen.

Fun piece of Bucs history there. Dominik, of course, drafted defensive tackle Gerald McCoy at No. 3 overall.

McCoy had a great career, but not as great as Suhs.

Joe can’t stop wondering what would have happened to the Bucs if Dominik had gotten a deal done to draft Suh, who had a monstrous All-Pro rookier season while Tampa Bay went 10-6 and McCoy spent a lot of time battling rookie growing pains and an injury.

Maybe the Bucs would have made the playoffs, and the course of Bucs history would have changed drastically.

25 Responses to “Buccaneers Tried To Trade Up For Ndamukong Suh”

  1. Rod Munch Says:

    Just think of what could have been if Brian Kelly actually took the job after accepting it.

    If that happens, then the Jersey Trash Schiano never comes to town, and maybe Josh Freeman isn’t driven to a life of drugs.

    Of course if the Bucs aren’t screwed out of making the playoffs by a BS offensive PI call vs the Lions, then likely Morris gets at least one more year as HC, and who knows what happens. But if the Bucs do make the playoffs in 2010, as they should have, what we DO know is that Aaron Rodgers don’t win a SB, because the Packers aren’t in the playoffs, and we’re not subjected to a decade of terrible commericals.

  2. Rod Munch Says:

    BTW, random sidenote – I’m looking at NextGen stats from last season… Do you know how had the fastest sack in the NFL last year? Anthony Nelson. Who’d have figured. Also David makes an appearance in the top 20 as well.

    Those are the only two Bucs players to make the top 20 in any category.

  3. Goatfarmer Says:

    Rod, good points, but the fact that Raheehaw hasn’t gotten another head coaching job is telling. He lost the team, regardless of the bogus OPI on Winslow in the Lions game. Yet, Suh >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Geraldine as a player, a leader, and a clutch producer. What if in this case is painful. Geraldine was injured and then invisible in the clutch.

    One of the best things BA did was unceremoniously get rid of Big “my bad Ben” Softie. A great neighbor, awesome babysitter for the kids. Overrated as a player.

  4. MadMax Says:

    Everything happens for a reason…..we missed on this player and that player….yeah, well, that eventually lead us into some top picks that worked out and we got another superbowl out of it….and of course landing Brady and Gronk had a lot to do with it…

    you gotta count your blessings. Missing out on a few hits like Jordan or whoever else set the table…if we had drafted them, we wouldnt have been in position to take other star players….in the draft or free agency.

    Thats what I love about all of this, its always a crap shoot in the end…either you win or lose.

  5. SlyPirate Says:

    We got Suh when it mattered.

    Suh bounced around the league. He would have left the Bucs, too. Hindsight is always 20-20. Y

  6. gbobucsfan Says:

    side note….Youtube tv just dropped the price for Sunday Ticket….ouch…it might be cheaper for me to just move to Tampa than get the ST.

  7. robert Says:

    If that happens, then the Jersey Trash Schiano never comes to town, and maybe Josh Freeman isn’t driven to a life of drugs.




    Freeman seemed like a decent dude…but that is one heck of a stretch.

    at least your not a jw apologist.

    well, hopefully anyway.

  8. Da Bucs Guy Says:

    Coach Schiano was hired to clean up the Bucs roster Drug problem.

  9. ChiBuc Says:

    Would Parcells have been better than Wyche in 92 or Gruden in 02? Or how about TJ Watts vs OJ in 17…. would of, could of, should of… revisionist history does not share the same scrutiny as actual history. It’s like comparing apples to oranges.

  10. pewter941 Says:

    This guy single handedly brought us a bad ass attitude to our team. Not like Gerald, picking up qbs and apologizing to them for hitting them.

  11. Marine Buc Says:

    At the end of the day I’m not sure it really mattered.

    Suh went to the Lions and McCoy went to the Bucs. Two teams that didn’t do much for decades…

    I would have preferred Suh over MCoy but neither player helped their team win a Super Bowl until Suh came to Tampa.

    It’s funny how things work out at times.

  12. Dooley Says:

    Apparently according to Jenna Laine, Devin White has requested a trade and if that is the case chances are that drastically changes our draft priorities unless you think the Bucs FO is fine with lining KJ Britt up next to LVD as a starter. C’mon Joe get with it

  13. D-Rok Says:

    ^^^Just saw that report, Dooley. My first thought is, “I thought players LOVED to play for Bowles…?”

  14. WVBuc Says:

    The Raheem Morris bashing…he’s still just 46 years old. Technically, he’s already had a 2nd head coach position as the Falcons gave him the cap & whistle for the final 11 games in 2020. Considering that dumpster fire, his 4-7 record was a commendable job. I’m not one that considers myself a Morris supporter, per say, but I do believe his work as a coordinator is going to earn him another opportunity to be the man. He’s a good coach who already accomplished more than 99% of football coaches.

  15. Dooley Says:


    People get divorced and fight over money all the time lol even when they say they still “love” each other and we’re talking 1 guy here not a mass exodus.

  16. D-Rok Says:


    True, true.

  17. unbelievable Says:

    Can you imagine Suh + Jordan on this defense for all those years?

    Oh well.

  18. Goatfarmer Says:

    He want his $100 million. He don’t care about no one else but him. He care about his stats, always tryn ta make splash plays and sh!t.

    He be don’t.

  19. Jeff’s grandpa Says:

    Chip Kelly was the one who left the glazers jet on runway wasn’t it

  20. Ultra ClodHopper Says:

    History changing. He could have stomped on Drew Brees instead Aaron Rodgers.

  21. Rod Munch Says:

    Oops, I said Brian Kelly, the former Bucs corner, I of course meant Chip.

    What’s that?

    As for Morris, the guy is still young and will likely still get another run, and I bet he does a pretty good job. Because he was in his 30s and ‘lost’ the team, not that you even know what that means, doesn’t mean he hasn’t learned anything from that period.

  22. Rod Munch Says:

    I will say, obviously, in the long run, Suh is the better player. But McCoy was always the better pass rusher, and in a 4-3 defense, McCoy was the better fit for what the Bucs did at the time.

    Suh, meanwhile, is an ironman, an all-around better player and should be 1st ballot HOF’er.

    If McCoy hadn’t always been injured, he’d also be mentioned as a HOF candidate. He was, afterall, a 6x pro bowler, and a 3x All-Pro. it’s not like McCoy didn’t have an amazing career.

  23. Brad Says:

    For reference we once tanked for Jameis. On Dec 27th, the last day of the 2009 season, we could’ve tanked for Suh, a generational college prospect. I was in the upperdeck of the Superdome, wanting my beloved Bucs to lose for Suh. It was in our control. We had the #2 pick all but wrapped up. What a wild day it was for Josh Freeman to lead the good guys back. So many emotions that day. Suh was the clear prize of the draft but a rotten QB named Sam Bradford was going #1. I beleive Suh sacked him 5x in the big 12 championship game in what was the greatest performance I have still ever seem on a collegate field. As the Buccaneers came all the way back to tie the reeling, once 13-0 Aint’s, my emotions and alcohol took over. As newcomer Garrett Hartly missed the game winner to force OT, the air came out of the Dome. Ghosts of Aint’s pasts. You could hear a pin drop. At that moment I stood up in my creamsicle jersey and yelled literally 2 sections across to someone dressed as Santa Clause ,”Hey Santa, Maybe you should’ve kept Carney for X-mas you asshole!”.
    Probably in my top 10 moments as a Bucs fan stemming back to the early 80s.
    What a glorious day, and horrendous win that could’ve/should’ve been avoided. Instead, Santa left us with a present wrapped as the leader of pathetic defense for the next decade. #itsabucslife

  24. steele Says:

    Who cares about ancient history? What was more important was LAST SEASON, when they failed to get him back for just one more miserable season for Tom Brady’s finale. Would it have mattered with Bowles in charge? Maybe not much, but it would have been better than what happened with Hicks and Vea, and the invisibile Logan Hall.

    His presence was a difference maker, and the same with JPP and the OL men. The core guys who made this SB team.

  25. Joe Says:

    Who cares about ancient history?

    Joe does.