Bucs nearing new deal for veteran defensive lineman William Gholston

Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay Times
Bucs defensive tackle William Gholston (92), who turns 31 this summer, totaled a career-best 4.5 sacks last season, his ninth with Tampa Bay. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]

The Bucs are working on a new deal for free-agent defensive lineman William Gholston that would keep him in Tampa Bay for a 10th season and perhaps beyond.

The second-longest tenured player on the current roster behind linebacker Lavonte David, Gholston earned $5.5 million in 2021, the final season of a five-year deal. Details of his potential new deal weren’t available, but ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported Gholston received overtures from a handful of other teams.

Just two months ago, however, he expressed a clear desire to finish his career as a Buccaneer.

“It would mean everything to be honest with you,” said Gholston, who turns 31 this summer.

“I love it here. This is home for me. Even listening and talking to guys who come in from different teams or left to different teams — I really wouldn’t know what to do outside of this place. I know the community here, the community knows me. I know the building, I know the staff. It’s nothing I really even think about.”

The Bucs’ fourth-round pick in 2013, Gholston is coming off a resurgent season in which he totaled a career-best 4.5 sacks. He appeared in 44 percent of the defensive snaps in Todd Bowles’ 3-4 scheme, recording 36 tackles, 11 quarterback hits and seven tackles for loss.

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