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Bucs DT Akiem Hicks.

Joe understands some folks will get triggered by the headline above. Joe really, really, really likes former Bucs defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh. Wishes he was still here.

But, you cannot win a fight with Father Time or change. So Suh is still on the street. Retirement may not be far behind.

SI.com’s Albert Breer was snooping around One Buc Palace earlier this week and Joe knows the national guys get better access to movers and shakers at One Buc Palace than the local guys. So some of Breer’s insight is interesting.

It seems certain folks have tipped off Breer that the Bucs cannot believe their luck with Suh’s replacement, Akiem Hicks. It seems the Bucs cannot block him and believe he will raise hell with opposing offenses this fall.

Akiem Hicks has had a fantastic camp—and at 340 pounds looks like he’s going to be an impact pass-rusher. He’s 32, of course, and has had his share of injuries, which is part of why things went sideways in Chicago. But over the past month, he’s been borderline unblockable in practice, and the Buccaneers have been judicious in managing his workload. Put him together with Vita Vea, who’s had a nice summer, too, and that’s a 700-pound problem for offenses. If the Bucs can keep him healthy, Hicks could represent a nice upgrade over Ndamukong Suh at the three-technique spot, which is more than most thought they’d get when they acquired him.

An upgrade over Suh? To Joe, that’s like saying the Bucs found Warren Sapp in his prime. Suh was a gamewrecker and it doesn’t take a math genius to figure out why it was that wherever Suh went, that team’s defense instantly got better and got ornerier.

Joe thinks the Bucs are going to miss Suh. But if Hicks really is an upgrade, folks won’t miss Suh for long.

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