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Monday, May 21, 2012
Breaking down Lavonte David's contract

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have $3.865 million left in cap space in this year’s rookie pool as they attempt to sign first-round picks Mark Barron and Doug Martin. They also have $21.628 million to divide up over the life of the contracts for Barron and Martin.

General manager Mark Dominik has said the Bucs will attempt to sign Barron and Martin to five-year deals. Only first-round picks can sign five-year deals, according to the new collective bargaining agreement that went into place last year. Barron and Martin are the only Tampa Bay draft picks who have yet to sign.

I just got a look at the breakdown of the deal signed by linebacker Lavonte David, who was drafted in the second round. His four-year deal is worth $3,471,732 and it included a $964,896 signing bonus. The deal also includes $1,363,896 million in guaranteed money.

David will earn $390,000 in base salary this year and his cap figure is $631,224. In 2013, David’s salary rises to $547,806 and jumps to $705,612 in 2014. In 2015, David is scheduled to earn $738,418 and can earn a $125,000 workout bonus.