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The Bucs have signed first round pick outside linebacker Joe Tryon, per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. It is a four-year deal with a fifth-year team option, as is the case for all first round draft picks. Stroud further reports that the contract is worth $11,171,244 with a signing bonus just under $5.5 million.

Tryon was selected by the Bucs with the 32nd pick in the first round of the NFL Draft. He played his college football at Washington where he had a top level 2019 season with 41 tackles, 12.5 tackles-for-loss and eight sacks. He opted out of the college football season last year, so he hasn’t played a game in over a year.

While the starting role at outside linebacker is already taken by Shaq Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul, there’s still opportunity out there for Tryon. He’ll compete against Anthony Nelson for third string at edge, and could get some chances in game the right situations. Tryon is also expected to play a big role on special teams as well. The Bucs have put an emphasis on that unit this offseason as they look to go for two.

We had to wait a little longer to see Tryon’s debut in a Bucs uniform this offseason. He was out of rookie mini-camp and OTAs since he hadn’t passed his physical yet due to getting his knee scoped. There was no need to worry as he returned for mandatory mini-camp and participated fully in drills. He should be a full go for training camp when the Bucs get it going in late July.

After the signing of Tryon, that leaves just one player from the 2021 draft class that have yet to ink their deal. The only Buc that hasn’t signed with the team is offensive lineman Ryan Hainsey, who was their third round pick.

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2 months ago

It’s nice to get this signing out of the way early. Go Bucs!

2 months ago

I can see him in the rotation by mid season or sooner.

2 months ago

I’m hoping the kid contributes right out the gate. He won’t be a starter right away so he should be able to come in on specific situations and contribute right away.

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