Former Nebraska star LB Lavonte David previews looming free agency
Lavonte David is getting set for an uncertain free agency period that begins later this month.
After eight long but impressive seasons in the NFL, David finally found the playoffs in 2020 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Led by Tom Brady and a strong defense, the Buccaneers rolled all the way to the Super Bowl and knocked off the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs.
David has spent his entire career in Tampa, finishing second on the team in tackles with 117 this past season. That was his eighth season with at least 100 tackles in the NFL.
However, with a Super Bowl ring in hand and having turned 31 in January, the money will likely be the biggest factor in his upcoming free agency. That could be tricky for Tampa Bay and the high-profile free agents on the team.
During a Friday appearance on SiriusXM radio, David discussed the upcoming free agency period. He still believes most players from Tampa’s Super Bowl team want to be back next season:
“It’s different,” David said. “Honestly I’ve never been a part of anything like it. I don’t know what to expect. I just go with the flow, so luckily for me, I’ve got some stuff that kind of keeps my mind off of that. That’s obviously just being a Super Bowl champion and being back home in Miami with my family and just enjoying them.
“There are a lot of things to take into consideration. There’s a lot of guys who was on this team who want to come back. We’ve obviously got some big decisions to make, but from my honest end, everybody wants to come back. Everybody wants to try to come back. A great nucleus, a great core group of guys we have.”
Though David might want to be back with the Buccaneers, it will be interesting to see if they are able to offer David enough money to compete with what should be a healthy group of suitors this offseason.
“I don’t know what to expect. Just go with the flow.”
LB Lavonte David on his approach to free agency and how he hopes they can keep everyone together in Tampa Bay.
— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) March 5, 2021