Drafting a prospect is great. There’s all kind of celebration, the fans think about the possibilities in the offense or defense, and it’s overall a joyous moment.

But, as we’ve seen on more than one occasion, hearing commissioner Rodger Goodell announce a prospect’s name isn’t what makes a player official on a team. It’s signing that name on the dotted line that makes it official.

For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their first round pick, O.J. Howard, official is now official as it has been confirmed to PewterReport.com that Howard has signed his rookie deal, avoiding any kind of holdout situation.

Howard is the first of the Bucs 2017 rookie draft class to sign his deal. As a first round pick, his deal will be for four years with a fifth-year team option.

The exact numbers of Howard’s contract will be posted here when known.

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]
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Horse
Horse
5 years ago

What did he get?

macabee
macabee
Reply to  Horse
5 years ago

Since you don’t do Twitter. Here’s Rick Stroud’s estimate based on last year’s #19 pick. PR will have confirmation later.

Rick Stroud‏ @NFLSTROUD 40m40 minutes ago
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Terms of Howard’s contract with Bucs not released, but the deal is projected to be worth more than $11.1-million, $6.2-million to sign.

Horse
Horse
Reply to  macabee
5 years ago

Macabee, Thank You.

seat26
seat26
5 years ago

Welcome to Tampa O.J. Can’t wait to see you in action.

Buc 1976
Buc 1976
5 years ago

I can’t wait to see this offensive when it is hitting on all cylinder ‘s.