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Bucs sign first-round draft choice Joe Tryon

The deal totals roughly $11 million, including a $5.48 million signing bonus.
Joe Tryon was a Day 1 draft pick for the Bucs this season out of Washington.
Joe Tryon was a Day 1 draft pick for the Bucs this season out of Washington. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Published Jun. 22
Updated Jun. 22

The Bucs announced Tuesday they have signed first-round draft pick Joe Tryon to a four-year contract that includes a club option for a fifth season.

Terms weren’t revealed by the team, but the Tampa Bay Times learned it’s an $11.171 million deal that includes a signing bonus of $5,484,540. The $660,000 base salary for 2021 will gradually increase to slightly more than $2.1 million by 2024.

A 6-foot-5, 262-pound outside linebacker, Tryon opted out of his final season at Washington, lowering his draft status and making him a relative bargain for the Bucs with the 32nd overall pick. He had a breakthrough redshirt sophomore season in 2019 with eight sacks and 12 tackles for loss.

Tryon underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his knee shortly after the draft and was unable to participate in most of the offseason field work, but did make it back in time for the team’s mandatory minicamp earlier this month.

Tryon alternated reps with the first-team defense and should be in the pass rush rotation, occasionally spelling Jason Pierre-Paul and Shaquil Barrett.

“He was obviously everything we thought he was and obviously we’ll learn more in pads,” coach Bruce Arians said. “But he’s slippery in shorts and a lot of guys aren’t. He showed some really good skill sets.”

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