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Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports that Buccaneers have exercised the fifth-year option on DT Vita Vea.
This is not shocking as Vea is a vital piece in the Buccaneers elite defense. He only appeared in five games but made his presence known when on the field. Tampa Bay brought back virtually everybody on offense and defense and will look to win back-to-back championships. Buccaneers defense will be elite yet again in 2021.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht said the team's picking up defensive-lineman Vita Vea's fifth-year option, according to Jenna Laine.
Vea's fifth-year option being picked up is an indication he's in Tampa Bay's long-term plans. Although he appeared in just five games last season, he was Pro Football Focus' fourth-best defensive-lineman, according to their grading system. Vea totaled two sacks, six tackles, three tackles for loss, and three QB hits in his limited playing time.
The Bucs activated DL Vita Vea (ankle) from injured reserve.
It was a big unknown as to whether or not Vea would return this season. The run-stuffing lineman fractured his ankle back in October but is now cleared to play in the NFC Championship against Green Bay. Even a limited Vea will give Tampa's defense a boost this Sunday.
Buccaneers DT Vita Vea (leg) was designated to return from injured reserve on Monday.
Vea will practice on Wednesday and rejoin the Buccaneers for the first time since fracturing his leg in Week 5. He will try to practice this week and look to be activated ahead of the NFC Championship game against Green Bay. If Vea is unable to suit up on Sunday, Rakeem Nunez-Roches will continue to handle NT duties.
The Bucs placed DT Vita Vea (leg) on season-ending IR.
This was unfortunately expected. Vea was having a tremendous season prior to his injury and will surely be missed along Tampa Bay's defensive line.