Bucs fans who are concerned with star linebacker Lavonte David hitting the free agent market after the 2015 season need not fret.
On Thursday evening, at an event for luxury suite holders called the “Front Office Forum” Bucs’ GM Jason Licht told the crowd who packed the east club level at Raymond James Stadium that there is no need for fans to worry, as the Bucs will make signing David to a new deal a priority following the draft.
David, a 2012 second round draft selection out of Nebraska, has been one of the organization’s few bright spots over the last three seasons, amassing 425 tackles, 10 quarterback sacks, six interceptions, five forced fumbles and a safety in his three-year Buccaneer career.
Besides being a leader on the field, the quiet, lead-by-example linebacker has been a beacon in the community spending time at All Children’s Hospital, visiting those in the armed forces at McDill Air Force Base while also speaking at local elementary schools as part of the Bucs Care School Fitness Zones program.
David is set to earn $1.1 million in 2015, the final year of his rookie four-year, $3.6 million contract.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at email@example.com
To quote John Malkovich in ‘Rounders’… “Peay that man his money.” e
That’s great news since that’s my favorite Bucs jersey to wear!
LVD is my favorite NFL player- looking forward to seeing him in Tampa for many years to come. Class-act, well deserved pay raise. We need more like him
Contract negotiating seems to be the only job requirement for a Bucs GM of late…their personnel decisions have been largely awful to horrendous (with a few notable exceptions that even Lovie’s grandmother could have made)…at least they’re getting the contracts done and done well, and that’s actually pretty darn important (just ask Jer in Dallas)…
I think the money and the contact will be there.Go Bucs
I like to rejump back on to my comments. This LB will not be let go! Like they did with good players in the past! I think that the future buc players that turn out to be really good, Will not be let go! The bucs will keep more player in the future if they follow and do what the coaches tell them and they perform well. Then they should be paid well! I don’t think a player comes to tampa and they like it here then why not pay them, and they will stay.Go Bucs
Wow, a draft pick that stuck!!
Lock him up he’s great player and great in community.
Yessir! Lock up the new Derrick Brooks!
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