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Lavonte David | Linebacker | #54

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 1/23/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 233
College: Nebraska
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 2 (58) / TB
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Bucs WLB Lavonte David (ankle) is a game-time decision for Week 15.
"We’ll just have to wait until game time," coach Dirk Koetter said. "Lavonte knows his body well. Veteran players, they know if they can go or not." It sounds David is trending toward being active for Sunday night's game with Dallas. David playing would be a downgrade to Jason Witten's matchup. Fri, Dec 16, 2016 07:19:00 PM

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Bucs WLB Lavonte David (ankle) is questionable for Week 15 against the Cowboys.

David hasn't received strong marks from Pro Football Focus for his run defense this season, but he's their No. 4-rated 4-3 outside linebacker in pass coverage. His loss would be felt against Jason Witten and Ezekiel Elliott.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 12:18:00 PM

Bucs WLB Lavonte David (questionable, ankle) expects to play Sunday.

David was injured in practice this week, but will play through it. He's turned it on as of late, with 36 tackles and three interceptions over his last four games. David's ankle issue shouldn't impact his every-down role.
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 03:32:00 PM

Bucs WLB Lavonte David has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 11.

David has actually had a really down season after inking a five-year, $50.25 million extension in August. After 11 weeks, David is Pro Football Focus' 32nd-ranked 4-3 outside linebacker out of 33 qualifiers. But on Sunday against the Eagles, David flashed his All-Pro ability, picking off a couple Mark Sanchez passes, returning one for an interception, and playing stout run defense.
Wed, Nov 25, 2015 10:17:00 AM

Buccaneers agreed to terms with WLB Lavonte David on a five-year, $50.25 million extension through 2020.

The deal contains $25.56 million guaranteed, bringing David under Bucs control through his age-30 season. The new Lance Briggs in Lovie Smith's Tampa 2 defense, David has piled up 130-plus tackles in each of his first three NFL seasons, adding ten sacks, six forced fumbles, and 19 pass breakups. Although David is limited in stature (6'1/233), he plays sideline to sideline and is a three-down 'backer, playing every single snap in Tampa Bay's defense when healthy. David is a long-term LB1 in IDP leagues and the LB1 overall in Rotoworld IDP maven Ross Miles' 2015 re-draft rankings.
Sun, Aug 9, 2015 05:41:00 PM

Bucs GM Jason Licht said he's having "healthy" extension talks with contract-year WLB Lavonte David.

Licht also called David an "elite" player, something that could signal the sides are close to an accord. Davis is believed to be seeking an annual $6-$7 million.
Tue, Jul 28, 2015 06:08:00 PM

Bucs contract-year WLB Lavonte David is expected to command in the range of $6-7 million annually.

The Bucs are working to extend David before training camp, but the sides are far apart in talks. At $7M annually, David would be the highest paid 4-3 outside linebacker in the league, ahead of Thomas Davis and Vontaze Burfict. David is owed $758K in the final year of his rookie deal.
Sat, Jul 25, 2015 05:11:00 PM

NFL Network's Rand Getlin reports "meaningful distance" remains between the Bucs and contract-year WLB Lavonte David in long-term talks.

Getlin does add that the sides are "working toward" a pact. ESPN's Pat Yasinskas speculated in late May that an agreement could be hammered out before camp. The Bucs have no designs on letting their 25-year-old star walk.
Thu, Jul 23, 2015 08:02:00 PM

ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas "wouldn't be surprised" if WLB Lavonte David signs a long-term extension before training camp.

Yasinskas estimates the extension will be around $8 million a season. Already one of the best 4-3 outside linebackers in the league at just 25-years-old, David is a defensive star the rebuilding Bucs have to retain. David is owed just $863,418 in salary and bonuses in the final year of his rookie deal.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, May 30, 2015 10:06:00 AM

Buccaneers GM Jason Licht said the team will look to sign WLB Lavonte David to a long-term contract after the draft.

David isn't the biggest linebacker in the league, but he's one of the most effective. He's received positive grades from Pro Football Focus each of the last three seasons. On a team with not much going for it, David is a legitimate star. Signing David long-term won't be a financial burden as the Buccaneers have over $28 million in cap space.
Thu, Apr 9, 2015 07:45:00 PM

The Bucs are expected to prioritize extending WLB Lavonte David's contract this offseason.

David is scheduled for free agency in 2016, but the Bucs could get a better deal by extending him before he gets close to the market. Turning 25 in January, David is arguably the best 4-3 weak-side linebacker in football.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 12:32:00 AM

Bucs WLB Lavonte David exited Week 14 against the Lions with an apparent head injury.

David took a knee to the back of the head late in the third quarter that left him on the turf for several minutes. David looked dazed while sitting on the bench, and he was eventually taken into the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion. He is done for the day.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 03:22:00 PM

Bucs WLB Lavonte David (hamstring) is active for Week 14 against the Lions.

David ended up missing two games with the hamstring injury, but he is still tied for second in the league in tackles. One of the best linebackers in the league, David's return will be a big boost for the Bucs defense. He is an LB1 in IDP formats.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 11:38:00 AM

Bucs WLB Lavonte David (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's Week 13 game against the Bengals.

David also missed Week 12 against the Bears, yet is still tied for the league-lead in tackles. It's an upgrade for Jeremy Hill, Gio Bernard and the Bengals running game. The Bucs will also be without TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (back) and TE Brandon Myers (calf). The rest of their inactives: DB Crezdon Butler, C Evan Dietrich-Smith, TE Luke Stocker and DT Clinton McDonald.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 11:31:00 AM

Bucs WLB Lavonte David (questionable, hamstring) is expected to play Sunday against the Bengals.

David practiced on a limited basis Friday, putting him on track to return. Despite sitting out last week, he's tied with Luke Kuechly for a league-high 116 tackles. David isn't fully over his hamstring injury, but shouldn't be on a snap count.
Sat, Nov 29, 2014 05:50:00 PM

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