The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and defensive end Will Gholston have agreed to terms on a five-year deal which locks him up through 2021.
The team announced the move Monday morning, days before the NFL’s free agency frenzy kicks off, meaning it’s technically an extension, rather than a new deal. ESPN’s Adam Caplan provided details on the terms of the contract.
Heading into his fifth year as a pro out of Michigan State, Gholston became a full-time starter in 2015 and then had his finest campaign last year. He has been an ascending player since being selected in the fourth round in the 2013 NFL Draft.
In his four seasons as a pro, Gholston has tallied 189 total tackles and 10.5 sacks. He figures to be a big part of Mike Smith’s defense in Tampa Bay for years to come.