William Gholston agrees to five-year Bucs extension

Paola Ditto
Marzo 6, 2017

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have re-signed William Gholston on a five-year, $37 million deal with $13.5 million guaranteed, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports.

Gholston, 25, played 559 snaps - second most along the Bucs' defensive line behind Gerald McCoy in 2016 - in his second season as a starter. His games-started totals have risen from two in his rookie season to nine in 2014, 11 in 2015 and 14 last fall. While managing to retain Gholston before the new league year even gets underway, Tampa Bay has secured one of the better run stopping defensive ends from around the league.

Despite missing two games with a dislocated elbow in 2016, Gholston recorded 49 tackles, 3 sacks, 9 tackles for loss, 6 run stuffs, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Smith interviewed for several National Football League head coaching vacancies in January but elected to stay in his post with the Buccaneers. Now the retention of Gholston will help Smith's defense continue its strong development. Originally selected by the franchise in the fourth-round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Michigan State, he has remained a reliable and durable presence along the defensive front over the years.

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