Lavonte David is about to develop into one of many prime linebackers to hit the open market, which the Tremendous Bowl champion has been holding at the back of his thoughts as he is closing in on free company. David desires to stay with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — and the sensation is mutual — however even he is aware of that is not a assure.
“There’s lot of issues to consider,” David mentioned on SiriusXM NFL Radio Friday. “There’s numerous guys who had been on this workforce who need to come again. The group clearly bought some massive choices to make, however from my sincere finish, everyone desires to return again. All people desires to attempt to come again. An incredible nucleus, an awesome core group we have now.”
Tampa Bay has a projected $11,983,733 in wage cap area (per Over The Cap) and David stays a precedence on the protection. The Buccaneers even have Shaquil Barrett and Ndamukong Suh as defensive starters to care for in free company, and Chris Godwin, Rob Gronkowski, and Antonio Brown on the offensive aspect of the ball. That is numerous gamers to attempt to retain, and David would not need to be the odd man out.
As soon as free company begins, the gives will come for David — who joins Ray Lewis as the one gamers in NFL historical past with 1,000-plus tackles, 20 sacks and 10 interceptions by his first eight seasons. David is second within the NFL in tackles (1,123), first in solo tackles (804), and fourth in pressured fumbles (24) since 2012 — his rookie season.
David is about to receives a commission in free company, which makes the entire expertise an unknown.
“I do not know what to anticipate. I simply float,” David mentioned. “I’ve bought some stuff that type of retains my thoughts off of that. That is clearly simply being a Tremendous Bowl champion. … I’ve simply been sitting again and having fun with this.”