Report: Buccaneers agree to terms with Lavonte David on two-year extension

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The Buccaneers elected to use their franchise tag on wide receiver Chris Godwin, and now they’re signing another pending free agent before he hits the open market.

NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reports Tampa Bay has agreed to terms with linebacker Lavonte David on a two-year, $25 million extension with $20 million guaranteed. Mike Garafolo, also of NFL Media, reports David’s contract is structured as a five-year deal with three voidable years to keep the linebacker’s cap number at $3.5 million in 2021.

The 31-year-old David has been a key member of Tampa Bay’s defense for nearly a decade, after the club selected him in the second round back in 2012. He played in all of the Buccaneers’ 2020 contests, winning a Super Bowl in his first postseason appearance.

David recorded 117 total tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, six passes defensed, and an interception in the regular season. He also had 26 tackles, a sack, and four passes defensed in the postseason.

David last signed a five-year, $50.25 million extension in Aug. 2015.

23 responses to “Report: Buccaneers agree to terms with Lavonte David on two-year extension

  1. Interesting structure – wonder if the NFL will approve of these type of deals

  2. This is perfect. They tagged Chris Godwin, extended Lavonte David’s contract, and now we’ll see what happens with Shaquil Barrett. It would be great if Barrett stays.

  3. “The Bucs can’t possibly keep all their top guys”, they said with certainty.

  4. Jason Licht and Mike Greenberg showing the rest of the NFL how to GM.

    Gets $20m for this year, probably restructure next year after the new TV deals get announced and the Salary Cap is increased substantially.

    “Hey Loomis, watch this!”

    “Hey Gettleman, want to see something cool?

    Maybe Licht and Greenberg offer an internship to Bill O’Brien….

  5. Ditto what jameshodges said, they tagged Godwin which gives continuity to the offense, if they can keep the defense together, look out, and they took the first step towards doing it. Who will challenge them in the NFC? The packers. Seatttle, Wilson might leave, the Rams, New QB in Stafford that has to learn a new offense. Besides the Packers, I can’t think of anyone who’s standing in the bucs way in the NFC. Especially with Brady and the offense having a full off-season together.

  6. Extremely savvy move. Only $3.5 million — about a backup offensive lineman’s salary — against the cap. With Brady’s re-structuring, in looks like the Bucs will have the money to satisfy Barrett, say $84 million for four years and a $5 million signing bonus. With no state tax in Florida, this should entice Barrett to stay. Licht is on a roll.

  7. “Interesting structure – wonder if the NFL will approve of these type of deals”

    It’s what the Saints have been doing for years. Long term it’s not good business.

  8. Only two players in NFL history have totaled 1000 tackles , 20 sacks , and 10 interceptions through their first 8 seasons ………….

    Their names are Ray Lewis and Lavonte David .

  9. Guy is a beast. I’m disappointed they signed him, as it makes the road tougher for the Pack, but great move for the Bucs. The contract will be tough to handle after 2 years, but Brady might retire by then, and the Bucs window will be closed.

  10. curious that nobody at PFT is up in the arms that these types of Contracts defeat the entire purpose of the Salary Cap. And this is on top of allowing Teams to be well into the negative in the future every year, which is also be outlawed.

  11. Go ahead, blow out the cap and mortgage the future. I could care less so long as Brady has the talent to make 1 or 2 more runs at it.

  12. This is how you try to maximize your QBs window. However results are never guaranteed.

  13. As Cartman would say to all the Bucs haters, “your tears of unfathomable sadness are delicious.”

  14. This guy is the heart of the Bucs defense. He has had a remarkably consistent career. Consistently Great.

  15. His cap hit is only 3.5 million in 2021. I think you will see a lot of teams do these type of deals because they are betting that COVID restrictions get relaxed, revenues return, and a big cap increase comes next year. And then that big increase can eat up the dead money.

  16. Barrett is gone, along with Fournette and most likely Suh an elder cap cut casualty. Brown and Gronk likely gone now as well.

    Love the arrogance of them paying for age and renting Godwin for just the 1 year.

    Bad luck and injuries up next for hokey Tampa franchise.

  17. nobull says:
    March 9, 2021 at 7:17 pm
    This guy is the heart of the Bucs defense. He has had a remarkably consistent career. Consistently Great.

    10 0 Rate This

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    Not quite on Mr February’s level.

  18. touchback6 says:
    March 9, 2021 at 7:57 pm
    Barrett is gone, along with Fournette and most likely Suh an elder cap cut casualty. Brown and Gronk likely gone now as well.

    Love the arrogance of them paying for age and renting Godwin for just the 1 year.

    Bad luck and injuries up next for hokey Tampa franchise.

    Not sure you believe your owns arguments. Grind is staying and Brown will be back. Duh likely a casualty. Barrett is the key but Brady restructuring should help. Who cares about short term deals when the window for Brady is only 2 more. Who will complain if you go deep in the playoffs the next couple of years and then have to reset. These contracts will expire by then to help.

  19. Don’t forget the new TV deals are probably going to balloon the salary cap over the next two years (provided the league can get back to pre-COVID attendance levels). So pushing cap hits down the road may not be as sure a road to future cap hell as some think.

  20. David has been underrated a long time. With a ring now, he will get more recognition and spotlight.

  21. bucdan says:
    March 9, 2021 at 5:09 pm
    Maybe Licht and Greenberg offer an internship to Bill O’Brien….

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    Please no! Don’t even whisper that. Keep O’Brien as far as is humanly possible from any organization you hold dear!

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