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Lavonte David | Linebacker

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 1/23/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 233
College: Nebraska
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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. May 30 - 10:06 AM
Source: ESPN.com

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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.
Apr 9 - 7:45 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

Bucs WLB Lavonte Davis has been declared inactive for Week 12 against the Bears.

One of the best linebackers in the league, David (hamstring) will be a big miss for the Buccaneers' defense. Matt Forte was primed for a big day even before David was ruled out, and now has a real shot to finish as the top overall running back for Week 12. The Bucs also declared WR Robert Herron, RB Mike James, CB Crezdon Butler, CB C.J. Wilson, T Kevin Pamphile and DE De'Quan Bowers inactive for Week 12.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 11:31:00 AM

Bucs WLB Lavonte David (hamstring) missed practice on Friday and is listed as questionable for Week 12 against the Bears.

David did not practice on Thursday or Friday after being limited on Wednesday. Even if he plays, David will likely be far less than 100 percent. The Bucs will turn to Dane Fletcher if David is unable to go.
Sat, Nov 22, 2014 08:57:00 AM

Bucs coach Lovie Smith said Friday that WLB Lavonte David (hamstring) will be a game-time decision Sunday at Chicago.

It sounds like David will either not play, or be out there at less than 100 percent. In either scenario, Matt Forte would benefit. David is arguably the premier 4-3 weak-side linebacker in football.
Fri, Nov 21, 2014 01:32:00 PM

Bucs WLB Lavonte David (questionable, knee) is expected to play in Week 10.

David played through his knee injury last week and didn't miss any practice time. He should be fine for Sunday's game despite being listed as questionable. David ranks behind only Panthers LB Luke Kuechly with 89 tackles this year.
Sat, Nov 8, 2014 09:05:00 PM

Bucs coach Lovie Smith referred to WLB Lavonte David as a "great player."

"Our best player is going at the Will linebacker position, there’s a reason why Derrick [Brooks] is going into the Hall this week, that has to be our special player and that’s the case with Lavonte David," said Smith. David posted 145 tackles in 2013, adding seven sacks, five interceptions, and two forced fumbles. Still only 24, David's tackle stats could rise further in Lovie's Tampa-2 scheme.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 01:25:00 PM

Bucs WLB Lavonte David posted a career-high 145 total tackles in 2013.

David has only been in the league for two years, but he was fantastic in his sophomore campaign. In addition to his strong tackle numbers, David was an extremely effective pass rusher, notching seven sacks. He also excelled in coverage, posting ten passes defensed and five interceptions. David tops Rotoworld IDP maven Jeff Ratcliffe's initial preseason rankings at linebacker.
Fri, Feb 28, 2014 03:58:00 PM

Bucs WLB Lavonte David's 20 tackles for loss in 2012 are the second most on record for a rookie since the NFL began tracking the statistic in 2000.

Old Steeler Kendrell Bell's 23 are the most on record during that timeframe. Among all players in 2012 -- not just rookies -- David's 20 tackles for a loss ranked third in the NFL behind only Defensive POY candidates J.J. Watt (39) and Von Miller (28). David has a strong case for Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. He also played a whopping 98.2 percent of the Bucs' defensive snaps.
Fri, Jan 25, 2013 02:16:00 PM

Rookie WLB Lavonte David leads the Bucs in both tackles and tackles for a loss.

David, the No. 58 overall pick in the draft, has proven to be a major find for defensive-minded coach Greg Schiano. He's also been an asset for IDP owners in tackle-heavy formats. In his first nine NFL games, David has racked up 81 tackles -- 67 of them solo. However, he has no sacks, forced fumbles or interceptions and just one pass breakup. As an every-down 'backer that flies to the football, more big plays should come.
Wed, Nov 14, 2012 11:23:00 AM