With training camp approaching for Tampa, the number one priority should be to sign their first round pick, Gerald McCoy, before camp starts. The Cowboys are the lone team, up to this point, who signed their first pick (Dez Bryant, 24th overall) before their camp got underway. Besides Dallas, the New England Patriots are the only team who have their first round pick locked up (Devin McCourty, 27th overall). So why are these first round picks not signing?
The new era of athletes are all about one thing – money. Even if the player directly says in a press conference that “it’s not about the money”, he’s dead wrong. Even though they won’t want to admit it (and who would, it just makes them sound greedy), every NFL rookie anticipates the cash rolling in from their first NFL contract. With that thought in mind, the one who SHOULD control the contract talks, the actual NFL organization, don’t owe anything to their first round pick because that player has yet to even step on an NFL field.
The number one overall pick, Sam Bradford, wants money in the range of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady… even my spell check marked that sentence wrong. How can you tell me that an inexperienced quarterback who has yet to even take a snap on the practice field is worthy of the same contract of two Hall of Fame bound players? The numbers just don’t add up.
Only two first-round picks have signed, even the god-like Tim Tebow, who has been marked as the perfect role model has yet to sign. With 30 of the 32 first-round picks in contract talks, it appears that there could be a lot of holdouts come training camp.
All we can hope for as fans is that the Buccaneers can bring Gerald McCoy’s asking price down to a respectable level, and get him in camp before the other players report.