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Bucs first-round pick Barron unsigned but has company at the top of the draft

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Alabama safety Mark Barron, the Bucs first-round selection,  is among the top eight picks in the NFL draft who remain unsigned.

Training camp does not begin until veterans arrive July 26, but rookies will report to One Buc Place for conditioning and classroom work on Monday.

Barron's agent, Jimmy Sexton, said in a text to the Times that there was nothing to report about Barron's negotiations and indicated some of the Bucs coaches and front office were still on vacation this week.

Barron, the seventh overall selection, is the only Bucs draft pick who remains unsigned. Because of the rookie salary cap, the value of his contract has already been determined. Barron can earn as much as $2.63 million this season and $19.1 million over the length of the deal.

So what could be the hold up?

It's believed that many of the players in the top of the draft want fully guaranteed contracts without what is called, 'off-set language.' Some NFL teams want 'off-set languaage' which says if they cut the player at some point and he signs with another team, the new deal helps 'off-set,' the guarantee by the amount of the new contract.

Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly, the ninth overall selection and the highest drafted payer to sign, did not have off-set language in his deal.

It's hard to fathom that Barron would not be signed by the start of training camp, especially since the compensation is basically determined. Sexton has a pretty good record of getting his players to camp on time. It's also unknown whether the 'off-set language,' is even a factor in negotiations. Look for some movement among the top eight picks by early next week.   

 

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 8:00pm]

    

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