The State Of Lavonte David Address – – Tampa Bay Bucs Blog, Buccaneers News

General manager Jason Licht addresses how the Bucs view their iconic linebacker, who is a pending free agent.

Is there a Year 12 for Lavonte David on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ roster?

Joe asked general manager Jason Licht to address fans today on that subject. Tell fans where you stand on Lavonte David after 11 years with the franchise.

Jason Licht: That he’s one of the iconic players of Tampa Bay and will always be a Buccaneer. And, you know it’s still not out of the realm of possibility that he’d be playing for us next year. It takes two to agree to it. So we’ll see how that unfolds. But he’s an awesome player. Have you put an offer in front of him already?

Jason Licht: We don’t want to talk about any offers or any conversations that we’ve had so far, but we’d like to see Lavonte to continue to play as a Buc.

David led the Bucs in tackles last season and showed he still has plenty of juice. The Bucs, sadly, are $50 million over the salary cap and David is a pending free agent who likely wants at least $10 million for next season. Former Bucs GM Mark Dominik, the guy who drafted David, said last week David won’t command that much in free agency.

Dominik may be correct, but Joe is certain David surely will want close to that number.

Joe hopes there’s at least a reasonable offer on the table for David. The Bucs won’t be better off without him next season.

As Todd Bowles said at the Combine after praising David’s ability, smarts and performance, “Everybody loves him.”

Busy day @JoeBucsFan.
Lots on the site. More to come. And some guy named Bowles will be heard on the Ira Kaufman Podcast that posts in the morning. A lengthy sitdown.

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