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Bucs in "active negotiations" on 5- or 6-year deal for first round pick McCoy



Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy dined Monday night in Tampa with general manager Mark Dominik during an event for the Bucs' Pewter Partners. 

Now the only reason for stomach churning is trying to complete a "huge deal" for the team's first-round pick prior to Friday when players report to training camp.

Dominik said Tuesday that he is in "active negotiations" with McCoy's agent, Ben Dogra, on either a five or six year deal.

Dogra's firm, CAA, also represents Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, the first overall pick by the Rams. Dominik dismissed the perception that Bradford must be signed before McCoy, who was selected third overall. But he admits Bradford's deal could serve as a baseline for the market.

"I'm talking to Ben every day,'' Dominik said Tuesday. "We're trying to work toward finishing it before training camp. I've never sensed from Ben that we have to wait until Bradford is done, even though CAA does represent both players. I've never felt that was a prerequisite and I've never been told that by anyone. It could happen that way. But I'm in active negotiations with Ben now. But it does start to establish a bookend if it happens.''

Dominik said there are many moving parts to such large deals signed by players in selected in the top 10 spots in the NFL draft. He said the club is still negotiating the length of the contract, structure and payouts.
“We’re still internally wrestling between five and six year deal,'' Dominik said. "It's always diffiucult when you're at the top of the first round. You've got to make a decision whiich is better for you and the club. That’s difficult enough as it is. Then you have issues like how you structuire the contract, how to pay everything out. That can take a little time. There's so many moving parts to top five, top 10 deals. It makes them more diffiocult.
"But at end of the day, every year these deals do get done on time for the most part.''
Dominik said he was pleased with the way McCoy has worked in the off-season.
"Gerald really showed lot of intensity and effort in practice,'' Dominik siad. "He wanted to take as many reps as possible. That's been the best thing about this draft class, how hard working this draft class is first through the seventh rounds. That's what you want to hear. Gerald really been excellent in that area in terms of putting the work in.''

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 8:46am]


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