The Bucs are bringing back defensive tackle Will Gholston, and they’re doing it at a discount. According to PFF’s Doug Kyed, Gholston’s price tag has dropped despite coming off his best two seasons. The 10-year veteran signed a one-year, $4.5 million contract to stay in Tampa Bay this offseason. But he can make $1.25 million more by hitting incentives in his contract.
Last year, Gholston cost the Bucs $5.5 million while registering a career-high 4.5 sacks. He’ll be 31 this summer, but several teams were reportedly interested in signing him this offseason. However, Gholston has long expressed his desire to stay in Tampa Bay for his career. That likely played a role in him accepting less than expected.
“I think it all worked out the way me and my family planned it to,” Gholston said. “[I] try to prioritize them the most out of this process. Because uprooting your family and going somewhere else is really hard to do. That was the whole goal.”
For wide receiver Breshad Perriman, making the Bucs roster will be his goal this offseason. The veteran’s contract details reveal that he won’t be a lock for the final 53. According to The Athletic’s Greg Auman, Perriman signed for the veteran salary benefit contract. Perriman will make a league minimum $1.12 million this season.
The Bucs top three receivers are already set in Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Russell Gage. Lately, it appears Tampa Bay is also eyeing several top receivers in the draft. Ohio State WR Chris Olave and Arkansas WR Treylon Burks will take Top 30 visits in Tampa in the coming weeks. But even if the Bucs don’t draft a receiver, Perriman will compete with Scotty Miller, Cyril Grayson, Tyler Johnson and others for a roster spot in camp.