Any day now, Devin White will jump into a new tax bracket, and join the who’s who of the monetary elite in Tampa Bay. He has to be.
“Players may not report to training camp without a signed contract; Tampa Bay’s first practice is on Friday, July 26.” – Scott Smith Buccaneers.com
Jamel Dean just signed recently, and that leaves the crown jewel of Tampa’s draft the lone unsigned rookie. A player of his caliber coming out of college and being a top 5 pick back in 2010, could have signed for $40-50 million over 4-6 years. In 2011, the collective bargaining agreement came into effect, capping rookie salaries and tying them into the salary cap.
So White is probably going to be looking at somewhere in the range of $22-27 million over probably 4-years with an option on the 5th year. Rest assured Bucs Fans, Devin White will join the fold soon. A drawn-out hold-out situation won’t be happening due to the bargaining agreement stated above. He can only be given so much, and I would assume the Bucs with the way they believe in him, and wanting to start off on the right foot, will offer as much as they can within the allowed compensation parameters. So being that things are different now than in the past, look for Mr. White to be inked in the next week or so, if not sooner. Go Bucs!!
Credits to: Kurt Badenhausen of Forbes for the Collective Bargaining agreement info.