Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign Lavonte David to four-year deal

May 4, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneer linebacker Najee Goode (50) and linebacker Lavonte David (54) work out during rookie mini camp at One Buc. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed their second-round draft pick Lavonte David to a four-year contract. The Nebraska linebacker was selected with the 58th overall pick of the 2012 NFL draft. As with every other draft pick beyond the first round, David signed a four-year contract. Lavonte David is projected to be a three-down starter at weakside linebacker, as the undersized but versatile linebacker should immediately be one of the best coverage linebackers on the team.

By signing David, the Bucs only have two draft picks left to sign to contracts: first-rounders Doug Martin and Mark Barron. So far, the Bucs have gone through their draft picks in reverse order of their draft position. Why? Who knows - one can speculate about ease of negotiations, but I'm going to go with the theory that they think it's funny. Ultimately, it doesn't matter. The CBA leaves very little room for negotiations, and holdouts are punished severely. All draft picks should be signed in a few weeks at the most.

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