The Bucs have stated they will begin serious contract negotiations with 1st round pick Gerald McCoy next week in hopes of getting a deal signed before the beginning of training camp. With camp scheduled to begin July 31st, the Bucs literally can’t afford to have McCoy or Price to miss any time.
McCoy is represented by agent Ben Dorga, who is also the agent for the 1st pick Sam Bradford. Bradford is working on a deal with the St. Louis Rams that could be up to 50 million dollars in guaranteed money, a contract deal that may be the biggest for a rookie in NFL history. The Bucs are watching this situation very closely because Dorga will push for nearly the same amount for McCoy (Tyson Jackson signed a 5 year, 57 million dollar deal last season as well). The Bucs and the Glazers have a reputation for not spending much money on any players, so this could make signing McCoy a very difficult situation. Another issue to watch is the signing of Brian Price, the second round pick. While Price will not receive the same amount as McCoy, they will have to pay him as well and they will have to do it quick so he reports to training camp as well.
The Bucs will have to make major moves in order to sign their rookies (receivers as well). The future of the organization and the defense are relying on Price and McCoy to be in camp at the beginning of August and not sitting at home while holding out for more money. So the Glazer’s need to get out their check book and sign these players soon.