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Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign DT Vita Vea to four-year, $73 million contract extension

Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Vita Vea (50) reacts during the second half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed defensive tackle Vita Vea to a four-year contract extension on Saturday night.

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Vea's agent Collin Roberts told reporters that the defensive tackle's deal is worth over $73 million. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Vea’s deal has $42 million guaranteed. Vea is now extended through the 2026 season.

Vea has an 85.2 overall PFF grade over the course of his four-year career, which ranks 15th among all interior defensive linemen. Vea’s 84.4 overall PFF grade over the last two seasons ranks eighth in that span of time.

Year Defensive Snaps Overall Grade Run-Defense Grade Pass-Rush Grade
2018 493 73.2 69.2 75.4
2019 749 78.7 73.8 77.7
2020 224 90.1 77.3 90.3
2021 578 74.7 64.3 78.0

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At 6-foot-4, 347 pounds, Vea is also one of the NFL’s top pass-rushing defensive linemen, as his 78.0 pass-rushing grade this season ranks ninth among interior defensive linemen. He has five sacks, eight QB hits and 40 total pressures this season.

The former Washington Husky was a key cog on the Buccaneers’ 2020 Super Bowl-winning team, as his 89.9 overall PFF grade last season was a career-high.

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The Buccaneers selected Vea 12th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. He was set to play on a fifth-year option in 2022 before signing his extension.

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