Bucs exercise fifth-year option on Vita Vea

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have exercised the fifth-year contract option on defensive tackle Vita Vea, the team announced on Monday.

Vea, who was the 12th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, contract will run through the 2022 season. According to spotrac.com, he will have a base salary of $2.5 million in 2021 and a base salary of $7.6 million in 2022. 

In his first three seasons, the 26-year-old Vea has started 29-of-34 regular-season games played, recording 73 tackles (11 for loss), 19 quarterback hits, 7.5 sacks, and three passes defensed.

After missing 11 games in 2020 due ankle injury, Vea appeared in both the NFC Championship Game and the Super Bowl for Tampa Bay.

With Vea starting 21 games up front from 2019-20, the Buccaneers became the first defense since the Minnesota Vikings (2006-08) to lead the NFL in rushing yards allowed in back-to-back seasons. Since 2019 Tampa Bay has allowed 77.2 rushing yards per game and 3.43 yards per rush – both marks rank first in the NFL during that span.

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