On Saturday, according to multiple media reports, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed defensive tackle Vita Vea to a four-year extension for a contract salary of about $73 million, of which $42 million is guaranteed. Vita Vea’s contract will now run until the end of the 2026 season.
The 12th overall pick in 2018, Vita Vea has grown into one of the league’s best forwards. He’s been a force in the middle of the defensive line and is one of the reasons why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been at the top of the run. The numbers show that over the past two seasons, Vita Vea has averaged 3.6 yards rushing with opponents on the court and 4.2 yards off the court.
General Manager Jason Licht said: “Vita Vea is one of the rare players who can defend the run and rush well, and he’s one of the main reasons why we’ve always been at the top of the line. We look forward to keeping Vita Vea at the heart of our defense in the future. Watch him continue to grow as a sharpshooter.”
Vita Vea appeared in 49 games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in his four-year career, starting 44 of them, with 104 tackles, 11.5 sacks, 31 hits to the quarterback, 6 passes destroyed and 1 fumble.