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Sam Bradford talks could kickstart McCoy negotiations



Word is Sam Bradford's representatives are meeting with the Rams today, presumably to begin contract talks for the No. 1 overall draft pick.

And that's good news for Tampa Bay Bucs fans. 

The Bucs' Gerald McCoy, the third overall pick, remains unsigned. But it's important to remember he is represented by the same firm as Bradford.

Why should that matter? Because draft pick negotiations have, in part, become a waiting game as agents wait around for players drafted in the same vicinity to sign their deals, giving the agents a better sense of whether their own clients' contracts are competitive. In the case of Bradford and McCoy, the agents will be privy to the parameters of the contract talks, theoretically making the need to wait around less of an issue. If McCoy's camp knows what Bradford is likely to sign for, and they most certainly will, then maybe there's less of a need to wait around for the final numbers.

That said, as of a few days ago, nothing substantive had happened between the Bucs and McCoy's representatives, so there's still a very good chance these contract talks could go down to the wire. And the deal signed by No. 2 overall pick Ndamukong Suh with Detroit could impact McCoy's negotiations, too. He has different representation than McCoy.

But McCoy has said he wants very much to be in camp on the first day, so perhaps that will be a factor in the contract talks. In any case, players report exactly two weeks from today, and the first practice is one day later, on July 31.

For that reason, expect talks between McCoy and the Bucs to heat up during the next week. And when the process is over, McCoy will be extremely wealthy. Last year's No. 3 pick, Tyson Jackson of the Chiefs, signed a five-year, $57 million contract.

[Last modified: Monday, July 19, 2010 2:42pm]


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