Another Historic Step For Lavonte David

December 26th, 2022

Yawn! Lavonte David led the Bucs in solo and combined tackles last night in Arizona.

That’s an expected happening, but what made it special is David taking another historic step.

Per the reliable Pro Football Reference site, David’s 10 combined tackles gave him 1,335 in his career. That pushed David past retired Pro Bowl safety Antoine Bethea to 20th-most combined tackles in the modern era (since 1987). David should pass Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher in September of next season.

Man, it is just too easy to overlook David’s accomplishments. He is so unsung. The guy leads all active players in solo tackles, just in case you were wondering, and he’s got Buccaneers savior linebacker Devin White beat in that department this season.

Joe is impressed that while David may get juked more often than he did six or seven years ago, he’s still damn productive in his 11th season. And his final numbers this season will be on part with what he delivered in 2019, his first in the Todd Bowles defense.

David is a free agent after this season and the Bucs will have a huge decision on their hands. David will want a fat bag, and Joe is sure at least one NFL team will be willing to pay him.

More important, Joe thinks David still has big-play ability, which increases the Bucs’ chances of having their defense carry them in the playoffs … if they get there.

14 Responses to “Another Historic Step For Lavonte David”

  1. 1#bucsfan Says:

    Hope he retired a Buc. He’s deff a legend. Up there with the great DB55

  2. Max Says:

    Lavone still playing at pro bowl level and Luke Kuechly has been retired for almost 4 years now

  3. Kyle Says:

    Bucs legend!

  4. PSL Bob Says:

    He’s got a lot of worn tread on his tires, but can still get the job done. Hope Licht finds a way to keep him around

  5. Iamabuc Says:

    Soo…why the ProBowl snob…again…smh

  6. SB~LV Says:

    He belongs in the ROH
    One day

  7. FrontFour Says:

    LVD has been my favorite Buc since we drafted him. Let’s hope he retires a Buc.

  8. Beej Says:

    Announcers were giving him great love, very nice of them

  9. SOEbuc Says:

    Please retire a Buc LVD. Favorite Buc all time. I hear JBF posters everyday saying he’s washed. Proves them wrong.

  10. SlyPirate Says:

    Max … You still jealous of Luke Kuechly getting more love than LVD. That’s like Winston vs Marriotta stale. Let it go.

  11. orlbucfan Says:

    Future HOFamer LVD is a class act off the field, too. He’s been one of my faves since he was drafted. Licht will figure out how to make sure he retires a Buc. LVD has earned it.

  12. Buccos Says:

    Definitely a HOF player. Without a doubt

  13. Rod Munch Says:

    Next year the Bucs will be in full rebuild mode, and legit cap hell, so I can’t really see any situation where he comes back. I’d love to be proven wrong, but I think he’ll end up in SF with Brady, that would be my guess (having not looked at the cap or depth chart).

    As for David, he was the Bucs best defensive player for a decade, but has clearly slipped this year. But 85% of David is still a good and productive NFL starter, and I think he’s got one more year left in him, probably with a contender.

  14. Mason Says:

    Buc for Life. Give him whatever he wants, he’s earned it.