A Michigan State alum is about to get paid.
Former Spartans defensive end Will Gholston agreed to a five-year extension with the Buccaneers on Monday, the Bucs announced.
ROSTER UPDATE: The Buccaneers have agreed to terms with DE Will Gholston on a five-year extension!
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) March 6, 2017
The deal will lock up Gholston, who was a pending free agent, through the 2021 season. Since being taken in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft by Tampa Bay, Gholston has transformed into a key run-stopper with 188 career tackles and 10 career sacks.
The deal is worth a reported $13.5 million guaranteed and up to $37 million, per ESPN’s Adam Caplan.
Gholston terms with #Buccaneers: 5 years, max $37m, $13.5m fully gtd. He's 1 of the better run DEs in NFL. He was a big priority to re-sign.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 6, 2017
Gholston enjoyed a successful career with Michigan State from 2010 to 2013, amassing 142 tackles, 30 tackles for loss and 10 sacks over three years, but also made headlines in his sophomore year when he was suspended a game for punching Michigan’s Taylor Lewan in the face.