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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will look much different next season.
First, they lost quarterback Tom Brady to retirement.
Then, they decided to part ways with running back Leonard Fournette, and offensive tackle Donovan Smith.
Now, it appears like they plan to move on from linebacker Lavonte David.
According to Ian Rapoport, the Bucs plan to let David hit free agency.
Long-time great #Bucs LB Lavonte David, coming off one of his most productive seasons, is expected to test the free agent market, source said. A return to Tampa Bay has not been ruled out, but given their cap situation, it will be challenging.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2023
Due to the Bucs’ cap restraints, the odds that David is back in Tampa Bay are slim.
Last season, he had 124 combined tackles and 3.0 sacks.
He will be 33 years old next season, and it is fair to speculate how much he has left.
But, any team that needs linebacker help should be interested.
Also, David can be the leader of any defense, as he is a smart player and a former Super Bowl champion.
It seems safe to assume that the Buccaneers will struggle next season.
They have lost a few key veterans, and they have a new starting quarterback in Kyle Trask.
Since Tampa is strapped with cap space, it will not be easy for them to improve their team in free agency.
It will be interesting to see where David ends up.
There are plenty of linebacker-needy teams in the NFL, and they should all be interested.
Those teams include the Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys, and Detroit Lions.
All could use another linebacker and are expected to contend next season.
But, will those teams want to pay up for a 33-year-old veteran?
Whichever team is willing to will get a good veteran linebacker to join their ranks.
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