Gholston (elbow) has agreed to a five-year contract to remain with the Buccaneers, ESPN reports. Gholston's deal is reportedly worth a maximum of $37 million and includes $13.7 million in guarantees. The 25-year-old missed two games due to a dislocated elbow this past season, but he still finished with 49 tackles, including nine for loss and three sacks, from his run-stuffing end role. Considering only Gerald McCoy played more snaps than Gholston among Tampa Bay's defensive linemen, retaining the two-year starter ensures stability is kept going into next season, which Gholston has already been medically cleared for, ESPN's Jenna Laine reports.
Gholston (elbow), an unrestricted free agent the Bucs wish to retain, nevertheless isn't a candidate for the franchise or transition tags, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The soon-to-be fifth-year pro was one of the Bucs' most effective run stoppers in 2016, tallying 49 tackles (37 solo) and equaling a career high with three sacks over 14 games. However, the team and Gholston will have to come to terms on a multi-year dear for him to remain in Tampa, as the 2017 franchise tag for defensive ends is expected to be about $17 million, while the rarely-used transition tag is likely to run approximately $14 million. Although the team regards Gholston as one of its most dependable components along the front seven, those costs would be prohibitive relative to his overall impact and upside. The Bucs may allow Gholston to test the open market before entering into negotiations for his return in earnest, and could seek out a more dynamic pass-rushing presence as his potential replacement in the interim.
Gholston won't need surgery to repair his dislocated elbow, Jenna Laine of ESPN reports. Gholston missed Tampa Bay's final two games due to his elbow injury but he's expected to recover in time for the team's offseason program.
Gholston (elbow) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against Carolina. Gholston didn't practice all week and will be missing his second straight game due to his dislocated elbow. Look for DaVonte Lambert to start in Gholston's place once again.
Gholston (elbow) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Saints. Golston was unable to practice throughout the week due to an elbow injury, which ultimately resulted in the Buccaneers ruling him out for Week 16. He suffered a dislocated elbow against the Cowboys in Week 15. DaVonte Lambert figures to start in place of the injured Gholston on Saturday.