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Buccaneers sign rookie DE William Gholston

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The Buccaneers have signed a third member of their 2013 draft class, reaching a four-year deal with defensive end William Gholston. The team announced the signing Tuesday.

The 6-foot-6, 281-pound Gholston will compete for playing time on a Tampa Bay defensive line that lost defensive end Michael Bennett (team-high nine sacks in 2012) in free agency.

Gholston, 21, notched 142 tackles (30 for loss) and 10 sacks in three seasons with Michigan State. He declared for the draft after his junior season. William Gholston is the cousin of 2008 Jets first-round pick Vernon Gholston.

The Buccaneers struck deals with two draft picks¬†on Monday, getting defensive end Steven Means and running back Mike James under contract. Three picks — cornerback Johnthan Banks, quarterback Mike Glennon and defensive tackle Akeem Spence — are unsigned.

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3 Responses to “Buccaneers sign rookie DE William Gholston”
  1. whatnojets says: May 14, 2013 4:44 PM

    Is he related to Vernon Gholston?

  2. whatnojets says: May 14, 2013 4:47 PM

    whatnojets says:
    May 14, 2013 4:44 PM
    Is he related to Vernon Gholston?
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    Never mind- they are cousins

  3. mobuccsfan says: May 14, 2013 5:50 PM

    Yes…which is why I cursed when I saw they drafted him…hopefully he is nothing like Cuz Vernon. One can only hope. I felt there was better DL talent on the board at that point but time shall tell.

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