While this is promising news, Getlin adds that a “meaningful distance remains” between the two parties.
Buccaneers GM Jason Licht told reporters back in April that signing David to a long-term contract was among their top priorities “after the draft,” per Roy Cummings.
David, 25, is in the final year of his four-year, $3.472 million rookie contract that included just $1.754 million guaranteed. He stands to make a base salary of $738,418 for the 2015 season to go along with a $125,000 workout bonus.
This is an interesting situation, given that David would almost certainly cash in big time next year, which means unless the Buccaneers are willing to meet his asking price, he could wait until next year to maximize his leverage.
David also plays the 4-3 outside linebacker position as well as anyone in the NFL, so his next contract could very well end up setting the market for years to come.
In 2014, David appeared in 14 games for the Buccaneers and recorded 44 tackles, one sack, four forced fumbles, a recovery and three pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 7 outside linebacker in a 4-3 defense out of qualifying 40 players.