Vita Vea is one of the best defensive pieces on the team and her contribution has been rewarded with a new contract.
TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have extended defensive tackle Vita Vea’s contract, the team announced Saturday night.
Terms of the contract were not disclosed, but sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that it is a four-year deal worth $ 73 million, with $ 42 guaranteed. The Bucs have already agreed to choose Vea’s fifth-year option for 2022, so the new agreement will take effect the following year and will keep it in Tampa Bay through 2026.RELATED
Vita Vea, one of the key pieces of the Buccaneers defense. Getty
“Vita Vea has become one of the most disruptive interior defensive linemen in our league due to a unique skill set combining strength and athleticism,” general manager Jason Licht described in a statement.
“Vita’s skills as a great scorer and as a pass-rusher are rare, and his presence on the defensive front has played an important role in our ability to consistently rank among the league leaders on defense. We are excited to have Vita and will continue to do so. he’s a critical piece of our defense for years to come and we’re excited to see him become one of the best nose tackles in the NFL. “
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Vea’s average annual contract value is $ 18.25 million per year, making him the fifth-highest-paid defensive tackle in the league behind Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams, Leonard Williams of the New York Giants, DeForest Buckner of the Indianapolis Colts and Chris Jones of the Kansas City Chiefs in average annual salary.
See, the Bucs’ 12th overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft, he has become a focal point of the running defense as well as pass rushers. At 6 feet 4 inches and 347 pounds, Vea has shown exceptional speed for his size, breaking into the backfield and chasing down opponents.
Vea’s impact was felt in the postseason last year. After missing 13 regular season and postseason games due to a broken ankle, he returned for the NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl, generating a win rate against double-team pressure on quarterback of 60.4% and four quarterback pressures, complicating both Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes.
In four seasons, he has recorded 103 tackles, 16 for loss of yards, 31 hits to the quarterback, 11.5 sacks, six passes defended and one fumble recovered, which came this year in the first quarter against the Chicago Bears.
This year, Vea has four sacks. His seven sacks created, a statistic that measures the bursts that lead his teammates to record sacks, is fourth-best in the league this year. His best game this season was his two-sack performance against Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13. He also sacked Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton for a 10-yard loss in Week 16.