Extension Candidate: William Gholston

NFL: SEP 27 Buccaneers at Texans
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Entering his final year of his contract, William Gholston has improved every season that he has participated in. He is the Buccaneers’ best run stopping defensive lineman on the roster, plus his pass rushing skills are getting better after each game played in. The Bucs know what they have in this kid and should not let him hit the open market after this year.

In addition, Gholston would not break the bank, but he will get a solid amount, as a rotation defensive lineman. I would expect him to receive a deal like former Bengals defensive end Wallace Gilberry, who in his tenure in Cincinnati got a three-year deal worth $6.3 mil, but expect Gholston to get $10 to $12 mil total over either three or four years with the cap rising. Gholston is only 24 years old and could capsulize on another contract from the Bucs or other teams after this deal that he could potentially receive.

Furthermore, the Spartan product will be counted on this year by the Bucs for depth reasons, as he is versatility enough to play the defensive tackle or end spot, which will allow Head Coach Dirk Koetter to use a roster spot elsewhere on the team instead of a fourth defensive tackle, which Gholston could be the fourth defensive tackle, as the Buccaneers have lots of depth on the edge of that improved front four.

Finally, Gholston finished last season by starting 11 out of the 16 games he played in. In those 16 games, he recorded 67 tackles, which he recorded more solo tackles than assisted tackles. He really does not need help bringing down the ball carrier. He recorded three key sacks and forced a fumble, which was his first ever in the NFL. After this year, his career totals sit at seven sacks, one forced fumble, and 139 total tackles. Lastly, he has started 22 out of the 43 game he participated in.

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