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Bucs sign first-round pick Vernon Hargreaves to rookie contract

Vernon Hargreaves, taken with the No. 11 overall pick in last week's draft, is slotted to earn $14.2-million over four years, including a signing bonus of $8.5-million.

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

Vernon Hargreaves, taken with the No. 11 overall pick in last week's draft, is slotted to earn $14.2-million over four years, including a signing bonus of $8.5-million.

Just hours before the start of rookie minicamp, the Bucs announced Friday that they have signed first-round pick Vernon Hargreaves, the former Wharton and Gators cornerback.

Hargreaves, taken with the No. 11 overall pick in last week's draft, is slotted to earn $14.2-million over four years, including a signing bonus of $8.5-million. As with all first-round picks, the Bucs will have an option to pick up a fifth year for Hargreaves as well.

He's the third Bucs draft pick to agree to terms -- the team announced on Thursday that they'd signed fourth-round pick Ryan Smith, a safety from N.C. Central, and agreed to terms with fifth-round pick Caleb Benenoch, an offensive lineman from UCLA.

The Bucs also announced Friday morning that Oklahoma linebacker Devante Bond, the first of Tampa Bay's two sixth-round picks, has also signed his rookie contract. He is slotted to earn $2.49-million over four years, including a $145,000 signing bonus.

Here's our profile on Hargreaves from Times staff writer Matt Baker, looking at his love of Tampa weeks before the Bucs would draft him.

[Last modified: Friday, May 6, 2016 12:23pm]

    

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