ATB: Busy Day at One Buc Place (3/5/19)
It has been an eventful yet busy day down in Tampa, Florida on this Tuesday afternoon. As the NFL Free Agency opens up next Wednesday, (March, 13/19) all teams are analyzing, deciding Cap Numbers, locking up players & deciding who to let go. General Managers having their scouts running around getting ready for the NFL Draft. This is the beauty of the NFL Off-Season.
Reports came out Wednesday that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers locked up two players for future deals. The Buccaneers made big news announcing the re-signing of starting LT Donovan Smith & Quality depth LB Devante Bond. Back in 2015, Smith was drafted in the 2nd Round in the NFL Draft and Bond was drafted in the 6th Round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
After previous reports of Tampa Bay willing to place the franchise Tag, Donovan Smith agrees to a 3-year contract extension worth $41.25 million – $27 million guaranteed. Michael Garafolo reported it first. Although showing inconsistency in play at times, Donovan Smith has played and started in all 64 career games.
As with Bond, per Jenna Laine (ESPN), the Buccaneers have re-signed the Linebacker to a league minimum “prove it deal”. Devante Bond has had numerous injuries since entering the league.
Both are young and have tremendous upside. If they work on staying Consistent/Healthy, both should have great careers playing in Tampa. The Buccaneers now sit at just over $2 million in salary-cap space. Expect more cuts to come.
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