The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are scheduled to report to Celebration Hotel for training camp on July 27. Despite the fact that they are just two weeks away from reporting to camp, the Buccaneers have yet to sign any of their 10 draft picks.
Bucs general manager Bruce Allen doesn’t typically begin to sign draft picks until the week or even the days leading up to the start of training camp, and it appears as though that tradition will continue this year.
Although they haven’t signed any of their draft picks, the Bucs have contacted several rookies’ agents in an attempt to begin contract negotiations for their respective clients.
The Bucs have had preliminary discussions with the agents for tight end T.J. Williams and defensive end Julian Jenkins, and PewterReport.com also has learned that agent Ben Dogra is contemplating flying to Tampa next week to meet with Bucs general manager Bruce Allen in an effort to put a deal together for first-round pick Davin Joseph.
“The Bucs have reached out to us, but nothing concrete has occurred,” Dogra said Thursday. “Next week things should heat up.”
This marks the second straight year that Dogra will be working on the contract for Tampa Bay’s first-round draft pick. Last year, Allen and Dogra worked out a long-term contract for running back Carnell “Cadillac” Williams, who didn’t report to training camp with the rest of his teammates but avoided being deemed a holdout by inking his rookie deal just hours before the Bucs walked onto the field for their first training camp practice.
Allen and Dogra will once again work together to get a contract in place and signed before Joseph and the Bucs report to training camp on July 27.
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