With training camp just 17 days away — not that I’m counting or anything — the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed all of their 2012 draft picks except for one — Mark Barron. Barron, the 7th overall pick, has not signed his first contract yet, and has until the start of training camp to do so.
While this isn’t a huge deal, the Buccaneers and Barron should reach an agreement fairly soon. But there seem to be no worries. Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik told me that he hopes a deal will get done in the near future. Of course, the top eight draft picks had some complications in their contract “language” that was reported about a month ago. The complications include negotiations about guaranteed money in the contracts, and lengthened the negotiating process. This is why the top eight picks are taking so long to sign.
Even so, the two sides still have 17 days to negotiate and come to an agreement. Dominik will start up the process and begin negotiating with Barron’s agent very soon, and then shortly after that, an agreement should be reached, and the Buccaneers will have this year’s draft class all under contract.
Barron is expected to be the starting safety for the Buccaneers, and the team expects big things from his as a rookie. He is, after all, playing alongside a future Hall of Famer. As long as the unsigned contract doesn’t linger into training camp, it shouldn’t be a distraction. Barron is fully expected to be in attendance for all camp dates.
The fact that Barron hasn’t signed isn’t out of the ordinary. It is just taking a little more time.