Lavonte David Signs 5-Year, $50 million Extension
Buccaneers Head Coach Lovie Smith entered the offseason adamant on extending their dynamic linebacker Lavonte David. David, who was entering the final year of his rookie contract, has received nothing but high praise from Smith as well as General Manager Jason Licht; both have been outspoken as to the importance of David to their defense. After negotiations reportedly taking place since as early as the draft, David agreed to a five-year extension worth $50.25 million with $25.56 million guaranteed, according to agents Ron Butler and Tony Fleming.