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Bucs make Lavonte David a rich man with new contract

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The Tampa Bay Bucs are richer than they are accomplished.

The Bucs added one more big contract to their payroll Sunday afternoon when outside linebacker Lavonte David signed a five-year extension with the team. The NFL network says the deal is worth $50.25 million with $25.56 guaranteed.

David has been a standout since the team drafted him second in the 2012 draft, and he and tackle Gerald McCoy give the team a foundation in the years to come.  Lovie Smith, a longtime proponent of strong defenses, faces the challenge of making the Bucs’ defense better around the two of them.

David’s contract had been discussed heavily in the off-season, and one of the team’s owners, Bryan Glazer, had said that the wanted David and McCoy in Tampa Bay uniforms for some time to come.

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