Bucs first-round pick Mark Barron agrees to terms
UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: Barron's deal is now officially signed, the Bucs announced.
5:01 p.m.: The Bucs have agreed to terms on a four-year contract with first-round pick Mark Barron, according to his agent, Jimmy Sexton. Barron has not yet signed the deal but is expected to as early as tonight.
The deal, according to the website Profootballtalk.com, includes a signing bonus of $8.961 million and base salaries of $390,000 in 2012, $1.047 million in 2013, $1.705 million in 2014, and $2.362 million in 2014.
Barron has missed some activities at One Buc Place while the sides continued their negotiations; Bucs rookies reported for camp on Wednesday and practiced on Thursday. Veterans report next week.
Barron was the seventh pick in April’s draft out of Alabama. He is being counted on to be the starting strong safety and add a physical dimension to the defense that was sorely lacking in 2011.
Negotiations are believed to have hinged on the issue of offsets in the contract, terms that allow teams to withhold money if a player is cut before the completion of the deal. Barron's deal reportedly includes no offsets.
Contracts for the top 16 picks in the draft are fully guaranteed under the terms of last year's collective bargaining agreement. But offsets, if included, allow a team to avoid paying some of the remaining balance on a deal if a player subsequently signs with another club.