Davis would have been a restricted free agent after the 2006 season and an unrestricted free agent after the 2007 season. If he continued to play like he has, a team might have offered him a nice contract. This will not happen, because the Bucs are committed to keeping their players that fit, and Davis fits nicely.
Davis quickly emerged as a force in the run game, and it was usually behind Davis's blocks on the left side that rookie of the year running back Cadillac Williams ran.
"I think this is a good deal for both Anthony and the Bucs," Davis' agent, Jeff
Chilcoat told The Tampa Tribune. "It gives Anthony stability early in his career
and it gives the Bucs some stability at left tackle."
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