The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have a lot of work to do when they report for training camp on July 25. Fortunately, the team has already completed the necessary work to make that reporting day go smoothly.
On Saturday, the Buccaneers agreed to terms on a contract with rookie linebacker Devin White, their 2019 first-round draft pick. Like all first-round picks, White got a four-year deal with a team option for a fifth year. That agreement means the entire 2019 draft class – and therefore the entire 90-man roster – is now under contract. Players must have a signed contract in order to report for training camp; rookies are due to report on Monday.
The Bucs selected eight players in the 2019 draft and signed five of them – second-round cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting, fourth-round outside linebacker Anthony Nelson, fifth-round kicker Matt Gay, sixth-round wide receiver Scotty Miller and seventh-round defensive lineman Terry Beckner – during their subsequent rookie mini-camp. Deals followed a bit later for the Bucs' two third-rounders, cornerback Jamel Dean and safety Mike Edwards. White was last, unsurprisingly, as deals for high first-rounders are a little more complicated, but in the end that process was completed with before it could interfere with White's first training camp.