Buffalo Bills reportedly interested in free agent linebacker Lavonte David
On Monday, it was made official that for the first time since the 2017 season, the Buffalo Bills will not be entering the season with Tremaine Edmunds as their starting middle linebacker. One of the Bills’ first round picks from the 2018 NFL Draft agreed to terms with the Chicago Bears on a new four-year contract.
The Bills front office will now be tasked with finding his replacement at a position that is pivotal to the success of the defense.
Is Lavonte David the answer for the Buffalo Bills at middle linebacker?
It will be interesting to see which direction the Buffalo Bills take at the position as Tremaine Edmunds was a rookie when he stepped into the starting lineup but the team may want to bring in a veteran now that they are considered Super Bowl contenders compared to 2018 when they were still trying to develop as a team.
One veteran that could be a good fit is Lavonte David, who has played 11 seasons in the NFL and all with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. According to Ryan Talbot with syracuse.com, the Buffalo Bills have reached out to the former Pro Bowl linebacker representation.
Lavonte David has been a consistent presence in the middle of the Bucs’ defense with over 100 total tackles in nine of his 11 seasons in the NFL. He has been named to one Pro Bowl and was selected to the first-team All-Pro once and second-team All-Pro team twice in his career.
Even though Lavonte David is going to be 33 years old this season, he hasn’t shown any sign of slowing down with his performance. He certainly could be a great short-term option that can give the coaching staff some flexibility in finding Tremaine Edmunds’ replacement in the NFL Draft his year or next depending on what the contract might be.