Bucs re-sign William Gholston to a 5-year deal

Instead of signing a new starting defensive end in free agency, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers decided to keep their defensive line intact by re-signing William Gholston to a 5-year/$37 million deal. Gholston certainly is a bargain at the defensive end position compared to upcoming free agents like Calais Campbell. However, I was still surprised that the the Buccaneers decided to re-sign Gholston since the team was rumored to be interested in signing Campbell in free agency. Gholston isn’t a typical pass-rushing defensive end as he only has 10 career sacks in 4 NFL seasons. However, Gholston is outstanding against the run as he had 49 tackles last season which is a lot for a defensive end. Tampa Bay could decide to move Gholston to defensive tackle in order to provide a better run-stopper at that position. Either way, this signing makes the Buccaneers defensive line really deep heading into next season. The team could still pursue other defensive line options in free agency and they are rumored to be interested in Redskins defensive tackle Chris Baker. This signing makes defensive line a strength for Tampa Bay heading into 2017 and if Gholston can become a better pass rusher then he could become a pro-bowl caliber player. I really like this signing for the Buccaneers, but it caught me by surprise since I thought that they would go after bigger name defensive ends in free agency.

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