As of today, NFL teams are allowed to reach deals with the players they drafted in April. And now we have our first deal done.
Mason Foster, a third-round linebacker from the University of Washington, has reached an agreement with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, G.M. Mark Dominik confirmed.
With training camps opening tomorrow, it’s a little surprising we haven’t seen more announcements of draft picks getting signed today. Teams obviously want to get their rookies to work as soon as possible, and the new rookie wage scale provides less wiggle room in rookies’ contracts, which would presumably mean fewer protracted negotiations. So why aren’t more deals done?
The answer may just be that there’s so much going on in the NFL right now that teams haven’t had time to negotiate with their own draft picks. We expect a flood of signings in the next few days.
UPDATE: The Bucs have also signed seventh-round pick Daniel Hardy, a tight end from Idaho.