Tampa Bay Buccaneers ink two more draft picks
By James Yarcho
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made the signings of two more of their 2018 draft picks official on Thursday.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to get their rookie class signed, sealed, and delivered as they officially singed first round pick Vita Vea and second round pick Carlton Davis to their rookie contracts.
Vea’s deal is the standard four years with the fifth year option as Davis’ is the standard four year deal. Thanks to the rookie wage scale, these signings have become more of a formality over recent years than the nuisance that they used to be.
Vea’s deal is worth $14.82 million with $8.861 million received as a signing bonus, per Rick Stroud. Vea’s deal is fully guaranteed;
The terms of Davis’ deal have not yet been disclosed, but last year’s 63rd overall pick was offensive lineman Dion Dawkins of the Buffalo Bills who received a four year, $4.18 million dollar deal with $1.837 million guaranteed. Expect Davis’ deal to be within the same realm.
This leaves USC running back Ronald Jones II as the only unsigned draft pick from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 2018 draft haul. The deal will more than likely be done within the coming days while the players are in the building for OTAs.
Star defensive tackle Gerald McCoy spoke about first round pick Vita Vea with the media regarding his rookie responsibilities. For many rookies, they’re in charge of treating veteran players to dinner, carrying helmets and pads, carrying bags, etc. It’s the “welcome to the NFL” fun type of hazing that goes on in every locker room. For Vea, however, his job is a little different;
For those that aren’t aware of who “Maui” is, he is one of the main characters from the Disney movie “Moana” and voiced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. To say the similarities aren’t there would be a wee bit of a lie.
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Six players down, one to go. The new and (hopefully) improved Tampa Bay Buccaneers are starting to come together.