By. Bobby Thompson
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and free-agent defensive lineman Akiem Hicks have agreed to a deal. Signing the 10-year veteran to a one-year deal worth $10 million per source. The Bucs were very interested in his services and made sure they locked him up.
Hicks, 32 has been one of the most underrated interior defensive linemen in the NFL, who spent the last six seasons with the Bears. He tallied 31.0 of his 40.5 career sacks while in Chicago. His ability to be not only a pass-rushing tackle but able to stop the run makes him a very valuable asset.
This signing all but indicates that the team has moved on from Ndamukong Suh, who spent the last three seasons with the team. The move makes perfect sense and adding Hicks to an already stacked front-seven makes this defense more lethal. Tag teaming Hicks with Vita Vea will cause opposing offenses to lose sleep at night.