Buccaneers and Vita Vea agree to four-year extension worth more than $ 73 million, compared

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers locked up one of their most important defensemen for the future just a day before their regular season finale against the Carolina Panthers. On Saturday night, the Bucs announced that they had agreed to a four-year extension with defensive tackle Tevita Tuliʻakiʻono Tuipulotu Mosese Vaʻhae Fehoko Faletau Vea – better known as Vita Vea. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the four-year extension is worth more than $ 73 million.

Vea is in the middle of his fourth season with the Buccaneers, recording 31 combined tackles, 12 quarterback hits and a career-high 4.0 sacks in 15 games played. He was originally selected by Tampa Bay with the No.12 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft in Washington, where he was named Pat Tillman Pac 12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2017. In 49 career games played , the 6-foot-4, 347-pound defenseman recorded 104 combined tackles, 11.5 sacks, 31 QB hits, 16 tackles for a loss and six assists defended.

The reported deal puts Vea in the top five for highest paid defensive tackles, according to Spotrac. While the deal is reportedly worth over $ 73 million, that four-year number has an AAV of $ 18.25 million, which ranks fourth in the NFL ahead of Jonathan Allen of the Washington football team. and behind Chris Jones of the Kansas City Chiefs.

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