Buccaneers Sign Lavonte David: $10 Million Per Year

August 9th, 2015

LavonteDavidCelebration time, Bucs fans.

Team Glazer has rewarded Lavonte David for three stellar seasons.

Per NFL Network, the five-year extension for David is worth $50 million, $25.56 million is guaranteed.

It’s a whopper of a deal, and matches what Joe said David was seeking several weeks ago based on market value.

No wonder Lovie was putting huge goals on David’s back today at his post-practice news conference.

Wise move. The Bucs had no choice but to lock up a great player who has been a good citizen. This is how you build a lasting contender. And a great quarterback helps, too.

69 Responses to “Buccaneers Sign Lavonte David: $10 Million Per Year”

  1. Couch Fan Says:

    Nice. LVD is the most deserving to get paid out of anyone on the team. Congrats. Now get back to work! GO BUCS!!

  2. Newbucsfan Says:

    Maybe he’ll step it up a bit more, congrats dude.

  3. JBoo Wins Says:

    He deserved it, best linebacker in the game. Congrats Lavonte!!

  4. Bryan Says:

    Happy for Lavonte. He deserves it.

    However, Joe you might want to pump the brakes on the greatness of Jameis. The guy has not even taken the field at the big boy level yet!

  5. Buclife Says:

    He well deserves it!

  6. The Buc Realist Says:

    Nice, congrads LVD

    But you should thank Coach Schaino, Because if you were a coverage LB like lovie wants you to be the price tag would have been way lower!!!

  7. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Hell BUC Yeah!

  8. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    FREAKING YES!!! It’s Go time.

  9. Oldbucsfan Says:

    Maybe now hell step it up??? Lol besides throwing touchdowns to our twin towers I don’t know what else this guy can do? Lol I’ll give you a break because your obviously a “newbucfan” lol

  10. Abdominal Snowman Says:

    WOW!!! Whoooooooooo!!!! Thank you Glazers and licht for paying that man. I don’t think this will change his play at all but it’s great to know we have locked down the best linebacker in the league for the prime of his career.

    Think this makes him the highest paid 4-3 OLB by far now, and deservingly so.. I think Levy just got something around 7/yr.

  11. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Bryan how bout you get off Joe n@$ S@$. Some of us happen to hella excited about WINSton and the future of this squad. Coming round here wit that killin the mood chit.

  12. D-Rome Says:

    Glad to see my favorite player on the Bucs get the contract extension.

  13. StRicKn Says:

    Yes yes yes! My favorite Buc! Mike Evans a close 2nd lets play some ball! GoBucs!!!!

  14. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    LVD won’t lay down after signing for big bucks…..solid deal….this will take all the anxiety out…

  15. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    For real snowman. And if you didn’t get it the other night I apologize again bro. Misunderstanding,hope you can forgive the homie.

  16. mac Says:

    Nice work! Fair deal for one of the best in the league.

  17. Abdominal Snowman Says:

    It’s all good NosBos, as a fellow Nole fan and optimist myself i appreciate your posts. Now is the time to be excited about our team and wipe the slate clean from last year. We finally have a QB to be excited about again and just locked down the second coming of our franchise’s greatest player.

    Change is in the air, time to Siege the Day!! We’re undefeated and California Dreamin’!

  18. Waterboy Says:

    Happy to hear this news!

  19. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    and if dom didnt suck bucs could have kuechly and LVD for years to come

  20. Buccfan37 Says:

    I can’t express my gladness any more than what positive has already been said. Go Bucs!

  21. ForgotAboutDre Says:

    Say what you want about the Bucs but we now have David and McCoy locked up with long term deals without overpaying. Very solid foundation to build a defense on.

    Now for a consistent edge rusher…..please come through Jacq Smith.

  22. Pillage n plunder Says:

    Well done Bucs!!

  23. Abdominal Snowman Says:

    Dusthy- sick of people beating that worn out drum. It’s easy to look back and say that stuff now but by that logic the panthers are stupid for not getting luke and lavonte. Plus Lavonte was picked 58th, I’m sure if that draft were done again he would be in the top 10. So basically every GM sucks because they didn’t pick him.

    It’s easy to sit on the other side of the screen talkin out your a$$ 3 years later like you knew exactly how that draft would pan out. Please do tell why teams are not calling you for a GM gig?

  24. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Thank you Glazers!!! Now hopefully Banks will have his breakout year and the Bucs can lock him up next summer!!!!

  25. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Now that’s real talk snowman. “California Dreaming”all the way to Levi stadium.

  26. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Dre, the edge rusher will come next draft. Bosa maybe?

  27. NoBucsGiven Says:

    He is the gold standard currently for this generation of Buccaneers.

  28. The Buc Realist Says:


    is he predicted to be available around the 3rd-6th pick, cause that is where lovie will be selecting!!!!

  29. WyomingBucsFan Says:

    I’m all for LD getting a contract but I would like to see some forced turnovers and touchdowns from the guy. Good work by the Bucs front office!

  30. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Who do we need to lock up next? Louis Murphy? (sarcasm)

  31. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Realist, he is not a coverage linebacker. He plays the run and pass. He just doesn’t blitz.

  32. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    George Warhop?

  33. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Realist, too early to tell on Bosa. Things change so much between drafts. They always have a mock draft for the next season right after the draft. Jonathan Banks was our mock first round pick, but by the time the draft came around we got him in round 2.

  34. The Buc Realist Says:


    most have him going 2nd overall with the Bucs selecting 5th or 6th in the 2016 draft,,,, but there is Robert Nkemdiche!!!

  35. The original "Kevin" Says:

    Wow…about time. Funny I didnt see this on the league website…..or anything new on Winston. Plenty on Mariota though. Same stuff new day.

  36. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    I’ll bet my next year’s salary we won’t picking 5th or 6th draft.

  37. The original "Kevin" Says:

    Oh look its there now!

  38. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    …next year’s draft…

  39. Michael Duggan Says:

    I’m waiting for the Glazer’s spent money on this but can’t get us scoreboards guy to comment 🙂

  40. Nirobe Says:

    Team practicing blitz only to show jameis the speed of game? I bet they will throw those to mariota and Lavonte will get atleast 2 sack in the game.
    Luke Kuechly contract extension will be higher up to 12 per year

  41. HolyBuc Says:

    5 year extension puts him under team control thru 2020 so that average when the dust settles will be around $8.6M. Which is a great deal for the Bucs.

  42. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Thats it? He’s worth waaaay more! Bucs got a heck of a deal for havibg the best player in the entire freaking league! LOVE ME SOME LVD!

  43. scotty Says:

    Great Job Go Bucs

  44. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Speaking for Pablo

    “Pablo had LVD once…..Pablo struggled with the shots for weeks….but Pablo recovered. Pablo is glad LVD got a good contract….LVD will be a big taxpayer….like Pablo…Pablo is a very nice man and likes everyone….including the Realist”

  45. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Realist, yea, I just hope we hit on Donovan Smith so we don’t have to draft a LT in the first round next year! Lol

  46. ChessMaster Says:

    That comparable to Von Millner’s pay

  47. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Couch Fan Says:
    August 9th, 2015 at 5:55 pm
    Nice. LVD is the most deserving to get paid out of anyone on the team. Congrats. Now get back to work! GO BUCS!!

    Second most. Unless you’re not counting GMC because he already got his deal.

    David is darn good, but his play slipped last year…thru no fault of his own. GMC has produced results every year since his third.

  48. Ray Rice Says:

    BEAST LVD! As I always say….. for the $ I will take him all day over anyone on that defense. The real captain of the defense is here to stay.

  49. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Hopefully, with Carter at MLB…..we will be able to send LVD after the QB more often….he seems unstoppable when he blitzes…..

  50. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Snowman you must be melting by now w that craxy talk…everyone knew bucs should have drafted kuechly. then and now.. not baron who was not needed and not worth a top 10 pick… hope the bucs can snag bosa in top 10 next year… bucs at 6-10 this year jameis is going to be good but not this year and with a different HC

  51. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Tampa Bay Fan right on but w lovies outdated defense dont see that happening….what did d brooks have less than 20 sacks in his career and ronde barber have more than 20? sad because lvd is a beast and 5 tool LB…but in the under or over front he is in that weakside A gap playing behind gmc at the 3 they got a good thing going but wish lovie would switch some schemes up and go to more of what dan quinn and will muschamp are running which is going to be the new defensive wave of the nfl

  52. Buccfan37 Says:

    An extra point after TD is now a 33 yard field goal. Going to be more misses. I guess that’s why the spot was changed.

  53. DB55 Says:

    Thank god!

  54. Abdominal Snowman Says:

    Dusthty I remember that draft very well. I can remember the consensus was we were going to either pick trent richardson or the guy i really wanted (who im glad we didn’t take) mo claiborne. I remember wanting Mo, Bruce Irvin, or Fletcher Cox. Barron was a complete surprise to me but i was ok with it at the time.

    I remember we just had drafted mason foster the year before and he looked good his rookie year so we weren’t looking at that position really. I also remember wanting lavonte david in the 2nd although i never realised he would turn out to be this good.

  55. nate_tweetz Says:

    So happy for LVD! With our luck he tears his ACL tomorrow and contracts MRSA from bacteria by the pen he signs his contract with. lol

  56. Bob Digital Says:

    This is fantastic news

  57. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    snowman i wanted claiborne too that year and thought he was the real deal

  58. Buccos Says:

    Having GMC and LVD locked up long term will make us a legitimate contender if Winston turns out to be good and ME13 can pick up where he left off. There is no reason this team could not win half their games and contend for NFC South. This is the best news I’ve heard all week!

  59. Stanglassman Says:

    Congrats to LVD and the Bucs staff for getting it done.

    Looks like the Steelers are switching to that ‘outdated’ Tampa 2 system. It’s strange watching them play it. Before anyone says it I know it originated in Pitts and I don’t really think it’s at all outdated.

  60. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    nate with our luck you’ll fall forehead first on a thumb tack.

  61. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Some of these folks Stang,I’ll just leave it at that.

  62. Stanglassman Says:

    Looks like the Bucs let go of another good QB in Kafka. Dude looked like a solid back up for bridgewater/Vikes.

  63. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    cover 2 can be played if you have the right personnel however as collinsworth pointed out.. there is no longer that threat for the WR of going over the middle and getting knocked out so defenses cant sit in it and expect same results… watch ATL defense in next few years… that will be the scheme of the new in thing for nfl to “try” and shut down the spread offenses

  64. Abdominal Snowman Says:

    Granted it was preseason but the Steelers reminded me of the Bucs defense last year playing off and allowing underneath routes free roam. It is their first year in that system so hopefully we wont compare to that. I see us being much more effective with it this year.

    If anyone else watched the McDougle interview from a couple days ago he talked about the Buc’s defensive scheme and how it really changes based on the personnel of our opponent. He referenced the Green Bay game and mentioned how they ran more cover 3 and cover 1 than cover 2 scheme.

    Also I remember how they played Barron and later McDougle man to man for Jimmy Graham. Thatt just goes to show that Lovie does have some flexibility. I think those blitzes they are throwing at Jameis are more to than just rattle him. I think they are practicing new schemes to rattle the likes of Mariota and others.

  65. vegabuc Says:

    Atlanta’s defense. Lmao dude! Stop riding on Dan Quinn’s stuff…. First you need the right players to play that kind of agresive defense Seattle plays. Atlanta will be a train wreck next year lol.

  66. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Snowman hope you are right, i think ppl like gus bradley who was in seattle and is a dungy disciple tinkered w the sytem like you said and went to more cover 3 and things and was successful…hopefully lovie saw that as well and moves the scheme around and isnt as stubborn as it seems… jameis is going to be good… he will need a strong defense to help him through some growing pains this year… thanks for info snowman

  67. Pickgrin Says:

    Congrats LaVonte. A very deserved $10M per.

    Good job Jason Licht for stepping up to the plate and not trying to play hardball with one of our best players.

  68. Capt.Tim Says:

    Another great move by the Team.
    And they’ve been making a lot of good decisions this year.
    Really excited about this year

  69. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    That was some good insight Snowman. What up Pick,what’s good wit ya Cap.