“The Bucs Are Not Done Making Their Push For Lavonte David”

March 4th, 2021

Now this is a fantastic video example of a media guy getting a nasty text from a seven-figure power broker in Tampa.

NFL Network reporter Mike Garafolo recently reported on air his confidence that Bucs Super Bowl-winning linebacker Lavonte David will leave the team in free agency. Joe shared the report early this morning, but it appears it was worth as much as a Doug Martin run in 2017.

Garafolo went on the air today to explain how and why he screwed up. It was a poor but oddly heartfelt explanation.

The video is below and Joe got a good laugh — even watched it twice with an ice cold Wavemaker Amber Ale from Big Storm Brewery.

Today, Garafolo is convinced “the Bucs are not done making their push for Lavonte David,” who is a pending free agent.

Enjoy the video below. The free agency feeding frenzy begins Monday, March 15.

38 Responses to ““The Bucs Are Not Done Making Their Push For Lavonte David””

  1. ncbucsfan Says:

    Thank you Garofolo! I didn’t think he was just going to walk out and Lavonte is a NEED!! Lavonte is coming back boys!!!

  2. mark2001 Says:

    Sure hope we can come to terms. He has to make the Pro Bowl and All Pro as a Buc next year.

  3. EA Says:

    Guys were coming here last year just to have a chance to play with Brady. Now that Brady proved he can win a superbowl here why would anyone want to go to Cleveland for a little more money???? At least not LD who’s played here his entire pro career.

  4. Coburn Says:

    Don’t know this crew very well. That one dude has ears that really seen to stick out, maybe knows his football though

  5. Cainishere Says:

    I have reached the point of not caring if they go or stay. I feel like the players want to hold the organization ransom for all kinds of money. I say, “If ya wanna go? Go and Good Luck To You” This time of the year always wears thin on me.
    The greed of the NFL rears it’s ugly head.

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    One for 87

    Here we are, still together
    We are one
    So much time wasted
    Playing games with love
    So many tears I’ve cried
    So much pain inside
    But baby, it ain’t over till it’s over
    So many years we’ve tried
    To keep our love alive
    But baby, it ain’t over till it’s over

  7. SlyPirate Says:

    Greatest Chance of Returning (according to me):
    #1 – Succop
    #2 – Gronk
    #3 – Gabbert
    #4 – Suh
    #5 – LVD
    #6 – Godwin

    Greatest Chance of Departing
    #1 – Barrett
    #2 – RNR

  8. Buczilla Says:

    Maybe there is hope for the national sports media. Good on Garafolo.

  9. Bird Says:

    Posted in last article and posting again

    LVD aint going anywhere. Bets?

    Probably his agent giving someone the nudge to start something that is not there

    He wants to be here. Bucs want him here
    3 year deal is plenty


    And that guy on far left (nfl network) just flew home from work by his helicopter wing ears 😂
    I mean he looks so very strange
    Im sure he could afford an ear tuck 😂

  10. BA4President Says:

    I applaud him for not doubling down. Too many people’s egos don’t allow them to say “my bad”.


    Fournette and RNR might leave , no way in hell will Litch let Barrett go.

  12. Architek Says:

    Glad there is some accountability still – wish the same was in our country and federal government!

  13. Defense Rules Says:

    Lavonte will be back. Bucs are HIS team. He’s a 6-time team captain. This year will make #7.

  14. BucsfanChad Says:

    The guys name and number will one day be displayed in the ring of honor. No way he gets out the door. He will be a Buc for his entire career.

  15. IrishMist Says:

    Paris is worth a Mass, but Cleveland ain’t worth a couple extra million.

  16. Smashsquatch Says:

    Jumped the gun then promptly admits it. We need more Garafolo’s and David’s!

  17. SB Says:

    It takes a man to own up to his mistakes like that. He figured on up now or eat crow later. So so many talking heads didn’t do that when we hit the playoffs

  18. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    It may not be the wisest…..but I think we have to find a way to bring LVD back…..he is the heart of the defense…..makes a big difference with White…..he’s a Buc through & through……and I do think he stays for less than he would receive elsewhere…..
    It will mean someone else departs…….so be it!!!

  19. Swampbuc Says:

    So many of these bloviators are just yammering to sound Ike they know what they’re talking about and have “inside scoop.” When in reality they’re just making stuff up.

  20. Aaron E May Says:

    I hope he comes back but “IF” someone goes crazy with an offer…I wont blame either side for moving on.

  21. kyle Says:



    I to am getting tired of the FA seesaw. If some leave other FA’s will want to come to win. The ultimate goal is to make money like any job but these guys are athletes and initially when they started playing it was about winning. That competitiveness never goes away. Unless you’re a complete douche you play to win for your team, so Brady’s influence and the Bucs team newfound synergy will entice other elite FA’s to buy in.

  23. Dewey Selmon Says:

    This is just like before the draft, no one knows anything. No one expected Watt to go to Zona. All speculation.

  24. Duemig from HELL Says:

    His coverage skills thru the playoffs were the best I’ve ever seen by him. Imagine the confidence he’d play with next season after getting a ring

  25. SOEbuc Says:

    He’s professional and humble and knows how good this team is. He’s not saying how he’s gonna “break the bank” in FA. I don’t know if I’ve heard anything except Cleveland is interested from who knows where.

    Like Godwin, highly doubt Lavonte is going to leave this team for a little bit more money. LVD is already loaded and has made a home in Tampa and the community.

    I think they’ll give him a respectable offer both sides can agree on.

  26. David Says:

    I really don’t think LVD is going anywhere. Godwin looks like a franchise tag, which surprises me but they’ll have more money to get a long-term deal next year.
    Suh and Gronk seem like easy signs because neither are looking to break the bank they just want another push at the Super Bowl with Brady.

    Stinnie and Minter worry me because both are outstanding backups. They may both walk and then we’re looking at you from the draft to replace them which just depletes the depth.

    Shaq! Is the biggest issue. He is the one player they absolutely must sign to a four-year deal.
    Yes, they can blitz to get pressure and they have JPP but Shaq has proven himself and with him they are so versatile because they get pressure with just the 4. You just cannot underestimate the value of that enough. They haven’t had someone like him sense of Rice left over a decade ago.

    Extend Brady a year. Restructure Smith. Restructure Gholston. They may have to trade Brate. If they do those things then maybe, just maybe, they’re able to keep a Shaq as well but so far I am getting real nervous that he is going to leave.
    To me, he was the number one priority. After a franchise quarterback an elite edge rusher is everything.

  27. DoooshLaRue Says:


    That is a very offensive term.


    Maybe they franchise Barrett , and let Goodwin try the waters??

  29. buxsxntkt Says:

    hey Coburn, you aint fin kidding, that dude’s ears really stick out !!! he must have fantastic hearing, lol.

  30. Adrnagy Says:

    The reason we will repeat is lavonte David. There’s so much he and white do.
    Cover TE , blitz , run , RB coverage etc. etc. and feed of each other.
    David and white are very valuable. So much More than just shaq needed help to get to the QB.
    David is a future HOF

  31. cmurda Says:

    @Bird. LMAO. That’s wrong and it’s wrong that I laughed out loud

  32. Allbuccedup Says:

    Let David, Godwin and Barrett go. Save your money sign everyone else. Sign A. Brown, Minter and a free agent edge rusher the dolphins just released one. Draft for need not luxury Licht!

  33. Bellingham Bucs Fan Says:

    David should be our #1 priority over an edge rusher who is totally dependent on #50 and a flashy wideout who can’t catch in the playoffs.

  34. MadMax Says:

    Please sign friendly LD54.

    I hope we dont lose him over a few dollars. I really think we’ll manage a way to keep him for another SB run. Barrett is the one going. But thats ok.

  35. Boxscore Says:

    Watched the NFL Network for a few years Dumbo as I call him the elephant with the ears is wrong about 80% of the time. If you listened to him pre Super Bowl you would have mortgaged your house and put it on KC.

  36. Cj massie Says:

    @ Bird. Helicopter wing?? Ok.

  37. BillyBucFan Says:

    Madmax I don’t think a few dollars would push him.
    His roots are here.
    I bet he is a given and not even in the equation between Godwin and Shaq.
    I think Godwin has better chemistry and need.
    I know this team watched the decade of no 10 digit sacks, but that was pre Bowles.

    Brady loves him some Godwin.
    Might also like Adam Humphries.

  38. MadMax Says:

    With you on that Billy. If we lose AB, Hump might be a good cheaper option. AB needs to stay tho, SB56 is ours too!!