Team Makes All-Pro the Highest Paid 4-3 Outside Linebacker in the NFLThe Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have signed linebacker Lavonte David to a five-year contract extension. The deal, which makes David the highest-paid 4-3 outside linebacker in the National Football League, goes through the 2020 season. As per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
“We are very excited to announce that Lavonte will be a Buccaneer for the long term,” said Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht. “Lavonte, along with Gerald McCoy, form the foundation for the championship-level defense that we are building, and it was crucial to have them both in the fold to lead our defense. I can’t say enough about Lavonte’s professionalism and his commitment to our team throughout this entire process. This extension is a prime example of our desire to reward the types of players who will play a key role in helping us achieve long-term success.”
David, 25, was originally drafted by Tampa Bay in the second round (58th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. In three seasons with the Buccaneers, David has started all 46 games he has played, tallying 429 tackles, 58 tackles for loss, 18 passes defensed, 10.0 sacks, six interceptions, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. David received first-team Associated Press All-Pro recognition for his 2013 season, when he became the first linebacker since sacks became an official statistic to record at least seven sacks and five interceptions in the same season.
Last season, despite missing two games, the first time in his NFL career, David set a career-high with 146 total tackles, which ranked third in the NFL, and had 101 solo tackles, the second-most in the league.
Since entering the league in 2012, David’s 319 solo tackles are the most in the NFL, while his 429 total tackles rank second. He is the only player in the NFL with 10 or more sacks and six or more interceptions since the start of the 2012 season. His three consecutive seasons with at least 100 solo tackles is the longest active streak in the NFL and he is one of only four active linebackers to record at least three seasons with 100 or more solo tackles. David leads all linebackers and ranks second in the league in both tackles for loss (58) and run stuffs (40), since 2012-- trailing only J.J. Watt in each category.
According to Pro Football Focus (PFF), David has been the premier run-stopping 4-3 outside linebacker, recording the most run stops in each of his three seasons in the NFL. Per PFF, his 228 total defensive stops are the most in the NFL, regardless of position.
David played collegiately at Nebraska, after transferring from Fort Scott Community College (Fort Scott, Kansas). He was born January 23, 1990, in Miami, Fla., the son of Lynette David.
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