Will Gholston Wants To Get Paid

June 28th, 2016
Will Gholston

Will Gholston

Like every red-blooded Buccaneer, defensive end Will Gholston wants to get paid big time.

It’s not just Joe typing this for sport, Gholston spoke out last week.

Up in Detroit last week for a youth camp he led — and hats off to Gholston for making it a camp free for all participants, Gholston sat down with WXYZ-TV, where he is beloved for his days as a stud at Michigan State.

Asked first during the interview about what his future holds, Gholston was quick and comfortable in his reply.

“Hopefully, I’ll be getting into a nice contract that I can settle into for the rest of my life in,” Gholston said.

Gholston went on to say he loves the new Tampa Bay coaches and believes this will be a breakthrough season for the Bucs.

The manbeast defensive end turns 25 next month and is in the final year of his rookie contract. Joe has written previously that a gargantuan pay day awaits Gholston, if he can somehow bump his sack total up to the 5 1/2 or six mark. Gholston already is one of the best run stuffing defensive ends in the league. At a rather fit 6-6, 290 pounds, Gholston is nearly unblockable by tight ends.

Now he just has to deliver.

44 Responses to “Will Gholston Wants To Get Paid”

  1. Ben the Ga Buc Says:

    I’d love to see him earn a fat payday, that only means good things for the Bucs in 2016.

  2. Jolly Bucs Fan Says:

    sucks because if he gets 5-6 sacks and teams are wiling to pay a ton ( as they always are due to league wide desperation for pass rushers) it could mean this is his last year.

  3. Jolly Bucs Fan Says:

    *in tampa*

  4. Fsuking Says:

    Gholston will not make more than 2.5 million dollars a year next year. Mark my words. I have no idea where Joe gets the notion that he will get a gargantuan payday. What has he done in this league, other than be a rotational player for an awful DE group? Who is gonna pay a guy to start that couldn’t start on one of the leagues worst defenses?

  5. mhall085 Says:

    He’s gotta stop pulling in 15-yard Unsportsman penalties. He got popped twice in the Rams game alone.

  6. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    Pay the man..he’s earned it and now has the best coaches we could have prayed for. Nice guy, great athlete and he WANTS to stay in Tampa..

    Jason..I know you probably read Joe’s, so pay the man…don’t let him slip away..

  7. Pickgrin Says:

    Gotta play to get paid. Let’s see what you got Will Gholston.

  8. Buccfan37 Says:

    I’m thinking Gholston’s play improves and he gets a raise offer to stay with the Bucs. I’d like him to stick around also.

  9. LakeLandBuc Says:

    That’s the problem with Bucs players, they all want to get paid. But it seems like no one wants to win.

  10. Couch Fan Says:

    If Wil has a big year, I dont see any way we let him go. Lichy hopefully learned from the past. Can’t let your better players go, you must sign them.

  11. Couch Fan Says:


  12. Defense Rules Says:

    Will Gholston is one of my 3 favorite Bucs … class act. I’m really hoping that he has a breakout year, and I think that’s entirely within his reach. He’s gotten better every year and if the DLine play improves (especially from the DEs) his sack total and QB pressures should go up. I too hope that he decides to stick with the Bucs (presuming of course that the Bucs are willing to pay him well if he has a good year).

  13. Brent bull/buc Says:

    I have a feeling licht will screw this up and gholston will be gone.

  14. Gack Says:

    He better start playing for that contract… havent seen a whole lot

  15. Waterboy Says:

    Gholston is a guy that was drafted as a raw talent with perfect size. Now that he’s been in the league awhile and starting to develop his game I could easily see him having a breakout season. He’s been on the verge for the past year or 2 but just need to clean up some of his bone head mistakes.

  16. mac Says:

    Wants to get paid for what? Being a one trick pony? Come on man…

  17. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Gholston as a DT on passing downs is what’s going to get him some bank. I could see us going with 4 DEs, nascar style on third downs.

  18. macabee Says:

    If he exceeds expectations, he could get paid. Here’s Spotrac estimated market value.


  19. mac Says:


    I like your style…

  20. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    He’s a good player……one of very many…..he needs to produce….we have the money to pay him what he deserves…..timing is crucial here.

  21. jb Says:

    He needs to step it up, if he wants the big money. The NFL is littered with “GOOD” players like Adrian Claiborne, who I would compare to Gholston as far as production so far. He needs to be BETTER that that! He puts up 10 to 12 sacks this season and helps that pass rush to become as fierce as we all know they could be, he’ll auto magically get his payday. Let the Falcons be content with “GOOD” players on defense, we know defense down here in Tampa!

  22. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    If we deducted his Personal Foul penalties from his sacks…..he’d be in the hole…..he really needs to clean that part of his game up…..

  23. SB with Jameis Says:

    FSUKing………..Wanna make a bet that Golston gets north of your prediction next yr???????

  24. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    “I have a feeling licht will screw this up and gholston will be gone.”

    Why would you think that Brent? Because Lovie decided he didn’t want Revis?
    Licht hasn’t cut any notable players.

    If you look at Greg Hardy’s first two years in the league his numbers were almost identical to Gholston’s. Hardy blew up with 11 sacks in his 3rd year. Sometimes it takes awhile for DL to mature.

    I think this is the year Gholston blows up. It’s not just the contract year, although that is significant motivation, but he’s going to be surrounded by better players and he may benefit as much as anyone from having one of the best DL coaches in the NFL. And I think he’ll benefit just like GMC, LVD and others from the synergy generated by Smitty’s defense.

    If Smtty gets creative on D like Koetter on O then Gholston’s job will also become easier.

  25. SB with Jameis Says:

    I don’t think there is any way that I could possibly agree with your post more SPBF.

  26. Trubucfan22 Says:

    He is a good run stuffer. Unfortunately for him it is now a passing league. And the only D lineman getting paid the big bucks are pass rushers. He is not a pass rusher. well not a good one anyways. Not sure he has the quickness/speed to be a good pass rushers against tackles in the NFL.

    I hope he proves me wrong. But I had the same diagnosis with Clayborn, and he has yet to prove me wrong.

  27. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Rushing the passer is a special skill set. A defensive shift doesn’t make a player a better pass rusher. You either can win one on one or you can’t. Better coaching improves his chances of getting better, but I’m not banking on it making him into some all star pass rusher over night. We have better pass rushers, jack smith, Noah Spence, and Robert Akers. Will is going to have to really impress to see the field on passing situations.

  28. DRFEELGOOD Says:

    I believe that he hasn’t been a good pass rusher because of the bullcrap “scheme” that we all keep talking about. And that is a reality. Gholston is a monster who is way more than good at run stopping, which is still a very important role in this “pass happy” league. With his body, and the new defensive coaches, I expect (and Light should demand) 8+ sacks this year. Pardon my ignorance, but is he a free agent or restricted free agent after this year? Anyone who says Light will screw this up needs to see an optometrist, and/or a psychiatrist ( which I am and glad to help). Jason Light is one of the best things to ever happen to the Bucs, and I went to the first ever preseason game at home against the Dolphins in 1976.

  29. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    5 1/2 sacks???????????????????????

    A lack of sacks is the biggest issue on the line. Let him go if he can’t do better than that. We can draft another DE next year.

  30. finishers Says:

    who doesn’t want to get paid? we all do dumb ass!

  31. A-Train Says:

    You will see a defense this year that will be Unleashed…

    Our Twin Attack Dogs in the Middle

    Our Ends will Head Hunt QB’S

    An I think McCoy will stay Health and Play or he will be left behind. THIS year will show what kinda of player he is…

  32. SB with Jameis Says:

    Yo A-Train, don’t forget those dogs in the back 40

  33. Brent bull/buc Says:

    @ St Pete Bucs fan, yeah just our history of losing good players. Revis, Bennet were the worst. Also, we have spence and ayers. I’m not sure he’ll be valued right. You need a rotation of de lineman and gholston is versatile. I’d try to sign him now. He’s proven he’s good and a hard worker.

  34. gotbbucs Says:

    He’s is and always has been built for a hybrid defense. This year we’ll finally see what he can do in the right scheme for him.
    I’m with everybody else, he needs to produce, and if he does, he needs to be retained. If he has anything north of 5 sacks and eats up blockers to free up our rush ends he’ll get somewhere in the neighborhood of $5-7 million a year on the open market.

  35. LakeLandBuc Says:

    I didn’t think a 4-3 edge rusher were important to Bucs fans, every time commenters on here talk about great Bucs, it’s always Selmon, Sapp, Brooks, Lynch, Barber. They never give credit to Simeon Rice, his 15.5 sacks (and many, many more QB pressures) in 2002 is what got us a SB ring. He had over twice as many sacks as Sapp (7.5). No Bucs player have come close to Simeon since he left in 2007. And we haven’t seen the playoffs since 2007 either, now if a DE give us 8 sacks, it’s a great season for him. SMH

  36. Mike Johnson Says:

    Gholston wants to get paid? Fine. Show me, show us Buc fans why we should pay you. How do you do this? Simple. PRODUCE. Become that reckless beast.
    Give me some sacks. give us a lot of sacks and pressures. Then, you Might get paid. Until then? Accept your already inflated salary. Be thankful you are balling. Now go out and Hunt somebody..like the great Sapp did!

  37. Scott Fitzgerald Says:

    I think Gholston and Spence get paid and Banks walks

  38. Cold Brews Says:

    He was one of the better Buccaneers last year. If you don’t believe me, rewatch the last four games of the season and he was one of the only Bucs who was still making plays besides Evans, Martin, Sims, and David

  39. BucTrooper Says:

    I read the headline and literally said out loud, “for what?”

  40. DemBoyzFromDaBay727 Says:

    Look, if ill Will can do better than 5 sacks this year and continue his dominance in the run game I’m very confident Licht will retain his services. He has made that very clear already, his blueprint is to draft and develop and retain your good players and reward them for their doing. First thing he has to do is stop being selfish and quit all those ridiculous penalty’s after the whistle. You can’t keep hurting your team like that and expect to win. Yes he’s only reached 3 sacks in his career but the numbers don’t tell the whole story, if you go by the eye test u will see that he provides alot of pressure wich is the next best thing. DE’s are becoming a hihly touted position and teams are not gonna let their young and talented guys walk over a couple of bucks, u can bet on that. My prediction is that Gholston continues to rock the pewter & red.

  41. Bob in Valrico Says:

    a good run stopper is nearly as important as a good sack artist.Case in point :Iin 2002 when simeon rice had 15.5 sacks Greg Spires had 3.5 sacks
    and that worked out just fine.We are finally starting to get talent on the backend also at cornerback and hopefully at safety.With Hargreaves build,
    would love to see the return of the corner blitz.In 2002 we got 10 Int’s from corners and 6 from safeties and if memory serves 5 from Derrick Brooks.
    Point being it takes four levels of defense and we haven’t had that since before
    Bruce allen and Chucky left.

  42. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Greg Spires was backup material. He was never that good, which is why he ended up outside the NFL.

    And as to Gholston being the best Dline guy last year, that is a complete line of bull. I didn’t see him getting 9 sacks while playing with two different injuries at the same time.

    EVEN if Gholston was the best (outside of GMC), it was the best of a bad group. That doesn’t make him good.

    If Gholston wants to get paid, then he should produce at least…AT LEAST 7 sacks.

  43. Bob in Valrico Says:

    The loss of Clinton Macdonald left a pretty big hole in DL.That said it would have been even more important Gholston to focus on the run.Believe if Ggolston gets to 5 or 6 sacks he would command 5 or 6 million for second tier pass rushers for sacks alone.Coupled with his run stopping ability should put him near 8 Million.

  44. THETRUTH Says:

    CORRECT ME if im wrong but doesnt he get injured every season and miss games.

    how many of those run stopping tackles were behind the line. None ran the ball on bucs much when Lovie defense allowed throwing practice fro any QB on opposing team.