One day after signing his new three-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Donovan Smith sat down with local media to discuss the deal, what it means to stay in Tampa, and the future.
With general manager Jason Licht by his side, Smith fielded questions and answered them with a relaxed demeanor and a smile. It’s a big moment ahead of yet another big season for the former Penn State lineman who was selected along with Jameis Winston in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Early on in the press conference, Smith talked about being a part of the team now and moving forward, saying,
“I love it here in Tampa. The locker room, the guys. The community, the people around. I just couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else. It’s just a blessing to be able to get this done and know that I have that security of being here for another three years. I just look forward to great things to come.”
Some fans have certainly made their opinions known about being unhappy with the cost of keeping Smith in Tampa Bay either due to money or due to performance flaws with Smith himself.
Despite this, Smith is certainly taking the opportunity to enjoy himself. On the day of his signing, the fifth-year tackle was in attendance as the Tampa Bay Lighting defeated the Winnipeg Jets with one of his agents and fellow lineman Ali Marpet.
Celebrating right @agent_roggio @TBLightning #GoBolts and look who i got out the house Ali Marpet pic.twitter.com/OZocf4fzEz— Donovan Smith (@DSmith_76) March 6, 2019
Speaking of Marpet, Smith asked about his relationship with his left guard and how important it was to be staying with him, which Smith replied,
“To be able to know that I got my friend that I’ve grown to be my brother over these years, you know, we keep this thing rolling together it’s huge. You know, we just look forward to it.”
Moving on in the conversation, the media in attendance and Smith covered topics like leadership and even more about the future. All eyes are on the future these days, and with one re-signing down, the Bucs and fans alike will certainly have at least part of their focus turned towards linebacker Kwon Alexander.
Getting both Smith and Alexander back would go a long way to helping head coach Bruce Arians in his efforts to reload this Buccaneers roster and take strides to improving on what is already considered a talented group, despite their recent struggles in the standings.
Like it or not, Donovan Smith is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers left tackle for 2019 and beyond.
If you missed it live, check out the full press conference on Buccaneers.com.