Bucs DE Will Gholston - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
The traditional free agency period doesn’t officially kick off until 4 p.m. on Thursday as fans are dreaming of the likes of wide receiver DeSean Jackson joining the Bucs offense, and he and Winston teaming up to score 12 touchdowns this season.
While the addition of a talent like Jackson would most certainly add talent the Bucs roster, the Bucs defense can’t be neglected. Tampa Bay got started early on Monday with their free agency plans, agreeing to a news five-year deal with defensive end William Gholston to help continue to grow a defense that improved as 2016 went along.
Bucs DEs Howard Jones and Will Gholston – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
The former Michigan State star couldn’t be happier to call the area home for another five seasons.
“I’m very excited. It’s an amazing day, a great day for me and my family,” Gholston said via a conference call with the Tampa Bay media on Monday. “I’m very glad to be able to spend the next five years of my career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, hopefully more than that. I’m ready to go.”
Gholston, a fourth round draft pick in 2013, said it all made sense to remain a Buccaneer, adding the leadership of his defensive teammates has helped him mature as a player.
“We really went over everything, all the numbers, all the pros and cons, and I felt like Tampa came with an offer I couldn’t say no to,” Gholston said. “I love the area, love the team. I have relationships with everybody in the locker room and really respect the knowledge of all the coaches that we have.
“I came into the league a little (of a) knucklehead. I’ve matured a lot. I’ve had the opportunity to be around some guys consistently to help me grow in the locker room, like Gerald (McCoy) and Clinton (McDonald), Akeem (Spence), Lavonte (David), VJax (Vincent Jackson). Everybody has helped me grow. My play has grown as well, being around those game guys.”
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As one who has been critical of Licht’s spending habits on non priority positions, I have no problem with monies being spent on either LINE. Top OL & DL make everyone else on their side of the ball better.
read earlier this was for around 5.5 million and incentive loaded to 7 mill a year which sounds like a good deal or both parties. Hope those incentives have to deal with Gholston improving his sack total to around 8 a season at least..
I hope he improves his sack totals by getting more opportunities, but sacks aren’t the sole measure of effective D-line play. They’re just more obvious. Most of us are Masters of the Obvious.
So by going with what you just said do you prefer a Simeon Rice who was more about sacks or a William Gholston who is good vs run? Just curious? Ask me I’ll take Simeon the disrupter any day and twice on Sundays
Defensive line cohesiveness is at least as important, if not more so, than individual player performance. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts on an effective D-line. Will is a key part of our line, and when he is on the field, the entire line plays much better, regardless of his individual stats. We really noticed a drop-off when he was out a couple games on injury. Same is true of McCoy, McDonald, and last year, Ayers and young Spence.
Consequently, keeping Gholston is part of Licht’s strategy of building a really good defensive line. He’ll add more players over time, of course. I expect to see us draft a d-lineman in April, given that this is such a talent-laden draft class in that position. Probably not on Day 1, but I do expect a Day 2 or early Day 3 pick at DT.
One can hope we address the DL earlier in the draft.
The BUCS seem to be fostering accountability as a standard in the locker room.
To admit that you were a “knucklehead” to a reporter for print, well, it’s refreshing. Licht started the whole thing by admitting mistakes and fixing them. Koetter does the same thing.
Everyone wants to follow the Patriots plan, this is how you start.
Drd and Naples fan said it right cohesiveness and solidarity build teams. As I am writing this the BUCS just resigned Quizz.
Stating to get some good feelings about this season.
I haven’t seen anything on resigning Quizz yet but I’m hoping this is true. I’ve been waiting on a few resignings, Quizz and Gholston were at the top of that list. Still hoping to see McDougald, Conte, and Akeem Spence resigned as well.
Like others have said, cohesiveness builds strong teams
Had an ESPN update about it. Fingers crossed.
This is a good signing. If you looked at Gholston’s numbers compared to Calais Campbell’s first four years they are very comparable when you take out the sack totals. Don’t get me wrong, sacks are important and I think Gholston will eventually come into his own with them. But it’s good to see his numbers in the other areas being comparable to a player of Campbell’s caliber. I also like it when a team decides to keep their own draft picks. It’s a good sign of their faith in a players growth.
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