Most Likely To Give A Hometown Bucs Discount

February 27th, 2022

With so many in-house free agents to sign, Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht will be looking for a deal.

Joe doesn’t think he’ll have to look far.

After last year’s Super Bowl win, the Bucs re-signed all their key free agents and hometown discounts were tough to find. Maybe they got a little relief from Lavonte David, Leonard Fournette, Aaron Stinnie and Rakeem Nuñez-Roches. Maybe.

So who gives the Bucs a break this year, when they have less available cash?

Joe’s looking at versatile defensive linemen Will Gholston, one of the big guns of the Bucs’ run defense. The 2013 fourth-round pick is one of the best value selections in team history. He hasn’t missed a game since the 2017 season and has improved markedly as a pass rusher over the past two years.

Gholston just completed a five-year, $27.5 million contract and he wants to be a Buccaneer for life. Gholston recently explained that Tampa is home for him and his family, and certainly his huge charitable donations back up his words.

So what is Gholston worth on the market as a beastly run defender with playoff experience and coming off a 4 1/2-sack season. That’s a great question. Five million a year? Six or seven?

Joe sees Gholston as a guy willing to work with Licht on a five-year deal that’s backloaded and modestly priced so the Bucs can absorb a near nothing cap hit in 2022.

It would be very cool if Gholston had four more years in him as a Buccaneer. Thirteen or fourteen total seasons in pewter and red would be stunning. That’s Derrick Brooks territory.

31 Responses to “Most Likely To Give A Hometown Bucs Discount”

  1. Nutterbuccer Says:

    Probably the most underrated Buc besides LVD. This guy does it all and has been a buc since day 1 and needs to stay and retire a buc. Let suh go and keep him and nacho and we will be a ok.

  2. tampabayallday Says:

    he’s earned it

  3. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Pay the Man!

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Big shout out to Gholston, he has survived some horrible regimes here in Tampa.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    If the team doesn’t sign a 40m/y QB they can afford to bring back many of the younger FA.

    If the team wants do it can still sign a FA/Trade 40m/y QB, as it’s fairly easy to go over cap and most yearly cost to future.

    If that contract fails trade a second or first to a bad team to eat the cap hit aka Geoff and Osweiler

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Love, love Will Gholston…..he’s a very steady productive player with a great attitude…..hope he retires as a Buc…..

  7. Allbuccedup Says:

    4 year deal about 16 mil would be about right.

  8. kyle Says:

    love gholston, kept his head down and kept pounding the rock… bucs owe him

  9. Rod Munch Says:

    I’d say as primarily a run stuffer, he’s more in the $4m range, but with the cap going up a lot next year, if you sign a multi-year deal, the average for everything is going to increase, so yeah, a 4yr/20m deal that is backloaded, but with guarantees, so for this year it’s basically a $1m cap hit. If you can keep him for that money, then go ahead, in this defense he’s a very good fit, and basically any starting defensive lineman, not on a rookie deal, is going to get $5m a year in general.

  10. Marine Buc Says:

    It would be nice to have Gholston back especially if Suh doesn’t come back.

    We paid him $5.5 million last season. Maybe we could sign him to a 3 year $16 million dollar deal with $11 million guaranteed.

    He only played 44% of the defensive snaps so I wouldn’t go much higher.

  11. DoooshLaRue Says:

    I’ve always liked him. A key cog, durable and a seemingly great team mate.

  12. Defense Rules Says:

    One of my favorite Bucs also, and well worth what we’ve been paying him. Admittedly on the wrong side of 30, but I think Big Will has another 3-4 good years in him playing at about 50% def snaps like he has been.

    Tend to think that the $4 – $5 mil range is just about right in his case, but guaranteed money will be important. Splitting the difference, a 4-year $18 mil deal with about half guaranteed seems about right. Take about a $2 mil hit this year, a $3 mil hit in 2023, a $5 mil hit in 2024, and finish it off in 2025 (or even later with voidable years). That way we’d at least have his guaranteed money covered in the first 3 years in terms of CAP hits.

  13. SB Says:

    If he is giving a hometown discount this is a No Brainer!

  14. Bucs97 Says:

    Marpet is retiring

  15. Sc.Bucs fan Says:

    Marpet retired per nstagram

  16. Bucs97 Says:

    Marpet is retiring

  17. Bucamania Says:

    Marpet just freakin retired at 28. Nooooooooooo!

  18. Biff Barker Says:

    Big Will has always been a humble guy. Quietly effective. Thanks Will, you’re well deserving of a nice contract.

    C’mon JL, keep him a Buc!

  19. Spicoli Says:

    Joe have you heard that Ali Marpet is announcing his retirement? Just want to find out if the rumors are true

  20. Marine Buc Says:

    Breaking News

    Ali Marpet is retiring…

    If this is true – what a shocker.

  21. VA Tom Says:


  22. WalkdaPlank Says:

    Wow. Marpet giving JL the middle finger. Retiring in your prime?

  23. Nano107 Says:

    Marpet retired lol

  24. BuxfaninTX Says:

    Wtf.. Ali Marpet retired?..

  25. Listen Linda! Says:

    I think Ali Marpets IG got hacked by the Russians to create chaos amongst Buc Nation.

  26. VabucSINCE’97 Says:

    Ali Marpet just quite on the entire organization 🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬

  27. VabucSINCE’97 Says:

    He just Andrew Lucked us 🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬

  28. VabucSINCE’97 Says:

    New question for draftees: How long are you looking to play b4 I draft you son I don’t want nothing under 10 season if your healthy

  29. RPK Says:

    Love Gholston but he has to go.
    Sapp is right. The interior of the d-line needs to be able to generate a pass rush.

    By having Gholston on the d-line our entire lives, we guarantee 1 slot that can’t get a pass rush. Who replaces Suh? Who gets interior pass rush next year if Vea doesn’t play 75% of snaps? PASS RUSH.

  30. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    Hope we keep him. Been a great player last few years.

  31. TampabayDJ82 Says:

    Ali Marpet DID NOT QUIT ON THE BUCS !! He is a great guy and a great player who wants to be a family man ! What’s wrong with that ?? He gave us everything he had since the Bucs drafted him and he doesn’t want to go out with life altering injuries !! Nobody on this post knows how many injuries he’s already gone through , and if you want to call him a quiter then you are a pileofsh** !! Thank you Ali for everything you have done for us real fan’s .. Go Bucs