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Source – Lavonte David will re-sign with the Buccaneers on a one-year deal

Source – Lavonte David will re-sign with the Buccaneers on a one-year deal

Linebacker Lavonte David returns for his 13th season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, agreeing to a one-year, $9 million contract, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.

The source said that the contract has a maximum value of $10 million.

David becomes the third major player to return to the Buccaneers, who previously re-signed wide receiver Mike Evans and agreed to a new contract with quarterback Baker Mayfield.

After his contract expired in 2022, David returned to the Bucs on a one-year deal worth $7 million. David led the team with 134 tackles and 17 tackles for loss and had 4.5 sacks, a forced fumble and 5 pass breakups.

David, 34, was the only NFL player in 2023 to have 100+ tackles, 15+ tackles for loss, and 3+ sacks. David's 17 tackles for loss are the second-most in a single season by a player 33 or older since the stats were first tracked in 2008, behind only JJ Watt's 18 tackles in 2022. His 1,035 solo tackles are the most for any player in the NFL. since 2012 and 11th-most since the NFL began tracking this metric in 1994. His 18 fumble recoveries are also the most in the NFL since 2012, while his 28 forced fumbles are the fourth-most .

David was a second-round pick by the Bucs in 2012, and was named team captain for 10 straight seasons. His 181 regular season games are second in franchise history behind Pro Football Hall of Famer Ronde Barber (208), while his 11,863 defensive snaps are the most in franchise history. He is the franchise leader in forced fumbles (28) and fumble recoveries.

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Off the field, David's Lavonte David Foundation provides college scholarships and school supplies to students who demonstrate financial need in Hillsborough and Miami-Dade counties.

ESPN's Jenna Lynn contributed to this report.