Buccaneers, Lavonte David agree to long-term contract extension

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Lavonte David will be staying in Tampa Bay for years to come.

The Buccaneers announced this afternoon that David has agreed to a long-term contract extension. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, it’s a five-year deal worth $50.25 million, with $25.56 million guaranteed.

The Bucs took David in the second round of the 2012 NFL draft, and he made an immediate impact as one of the league’s best rookies. By 2013, he was a first-team All-Pro linebacker, and it was clear that the Bucs had one of their franchise cornerstones.

Now David is in place for years to come, on a Bucs team that is starting to assemble the kind of young talent needed to get out of the cellar.

22 responses to “Buccaneers, Lavonte David agree to long-term contract extension

  1. Best player on that defense and one of the premier young LBs in the game today. He’s done nothing but ball ever since they drafted him.

  2. Just think, the Bucs had a chance to draft Kuechly and drafted a friggin safety (Mark Barron) instead.

    Could you imagine Lavonte David and Kuechly together?

    Anyway, good on the Bucs for locking up LD.

  3. ariani1985 says:
    Aug 9, 2015 6:00 PM
    just think that the packers passed on him twice and selected dante Jones instead! ahhh my pack!

    David is a 4-3 outside linebacker, he doesn’t have the size to play inside. He couldn’t play for the Packers… Though the Jones pick did kinda suck lol …

    David is one of the best players at his position I have seen in years. Hopefully, the rest of that defense can catch up to him for Bucs fans.. Would love to see what he could do if he had a MLB that he didn’t have to spend time covering for. Glad to see he is getting rewarded.

  4. Contracts mean little in Goodell’s League of Persecution. Look at Roger the wrong way and Wells will get the nod

  5. Bills passed on him when we were lining Bryan Scott up on passing downs and couldn’t stop the run anyways. I LOVED the way this kid played at Nebraska. Very Derrick Brooksy.

  6. He’s an integral part of the D and will be for years to come. Glad they got this done, well-deserved, and man can he ball. Good job Bucs!!

  7. September 8th 2013…David costs Bucs game vs Jets with late hit on Geno Smith….coming of a 10 win season it was that play that signaled the end and they have never been the same.,Also, check team defensive stats during his last 4 game injury stretch…..makes you want to go Hummmmm. Remember, it’s not hard to get tackle stats when no one in front of you can stop anyone…

  8. 5-dash-2 you have no idea what you’re talking about. First, the Bucs were coming off a 7-9 season, their 10-6 season was 2010 – two years before Lavonte was drafted. Second, one bad play doesn’t overshadow the amazing play of David. He’s been one of the shining bright spots in a shower of crap that has been the Buccaneers.

    Lavonte David completed three of the best seasons of a Tampa Bay linebacker in history. Even better than Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks did in his first three seasons.

  9. Best move the bucks have made in years.
    The worst was trading a first and a third for revis and cutting him the following year

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