The Buccaneers have begun their rookie camp and Mark Barron, Tampa’s only unsigned draft pick, is a no-show.
Barron is holding out on attending the camp until he inks his contract, but his agent Jimmy Sexton says he already knows the parameters of the deal accruing to the Tampa Times.
Don’t assume that Barron not reporting to rookie camp means the relationship between him and the Bucs is starting out strained. Very rarely do rookies that hold out of rookie camp have issues with the team. Remember, the NFL is a business and guys like Barron that were taken in the Top 10 are going to want to recoup as much of the money that the CBA took away from them as they can.
Last year’s seventh overall pick Aldon Smith received a $8.96 million signing bonus from the 49ers, so Barron is going to get a bonus in the neighborhood of $9 million.
Once Barron and the Bucs agree on a deal, he’ll show up at camp and begin to get ready for this upcoming season. Barron isn’t just sitting around twiddling his thumbs either, so don’t expect a situation where he shows up to the camp overweight. This holdout is merely a formality with rookies and the new CBA.