The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have not wasted any time signing more of their draft choices, as Mark Dominik and his team have secured the services of Akeem Spence and William Gholston, the team has announced. The terms of the deals have not been released, but as with all rookie deals, these contracts will be based on the rookie wage scale that is a part of the collective bargaining agreement.
Spence will likely cost the Buccaneers around $2.5 million over the course of four seasons, with Gholston coming in just below that. The signing bonuses for the players should be in the $400,000 range. In other words, Akeem and William don’t need to do much to make their contracts well worth it.
As it currently stands, Spence may be the opening day starter at nose tackle. He’s got NFL size and NFL strength, and has a clear path to the starter’s job despite being a mid-round pick in the NFL Draft. William Gholston will likely be the first defensive end off the bench to spell Adrian Clayborn and Da’Quan Bowers, provided he overcomes his reported work ethic concerns and proves to Greg Schiano that he’s a hard-worker and can develop into a contributor on the defensive line.
These signings mean that only Johnthan Banks and Mike Glennon remain unsigned, and neither contract should come with much drama. With the rookies almost all under contract, the Buccaneers can now continue to look at free agents on the market to fill out the depth chart, and work to re-sign current players like Mike Williams.
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