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Cleveland looking to pry Lavonte David away from Buccaneers

Lavonte David, Browns, Buccaneers

With the NFL offseason beginning in March, teams across the league are preparing their targets during the free agency period. The Cleveland Browns made a magnificent run in the playoffs, but fell short, losing to the Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional round.

From recent reports, it sounds like the Browns front office is going to be aggressive this offseason. They’re reportedly targeting Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ standout linebacker, Lavonte David. He’s one of the best linebackers in the league, as he finished with 117 total tackles, six passes deflected, and 1.5 sacks.

It’ll be difficult for Cleveland to acquire the superstar defender. Tampa Bay will want to re-sign him, but with plenty of other players set to hit the market, the Bucs may choose to keep him after all.

“The Super Bowl champion Bucs are expected to try to keep him, but they have a lot of big-name free agents, and won’t be able to keep all of them. During the Super Bowl parade, when David was asked if he’ll be back, coach Bruce Arians grabbed the mic and answered ‘your a— ain’t going nowhere.’ If he does, however, hit the market, the Browns will likely try to land him,” according to Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com.

The Cleveland Browns are close to becoming a Super Bowl contender. Baker Mayfield came into his own last season, and the defense was remarkable against the run. This franchise will be making a push for a high-caliber defender this offseason.

If they do sign Lavonte David, they could potentially wind up with the best defense in the league during the 2021 season.