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It may have taken us a while, but PewterReport.com has obtained detailed contract and salary cap information as it pertains to the four 2004 draft picks that secured spots on Tampa Bay’s 53-man roster.
In this installment of Flynn’s Focus, Bucs fans will get to view this information, most of which hasn’t been published anywhere else, and a progress report on all four players.
WR Michael Clayton – LSU – First-Round Pick
Contract: Clayton signed a six-year contract that will likely void to a five-year contract because of a minimum playing time clause that will likely be reached. He received a $2.1 million signing bonus and a $460,000 roster bonus up front, which essentially made the signing bonus amount to $2.56 million.
However, the Bucs will likely buy out his 2009 option next year, which will give Clayton another $4.1 million in guaranteed money, which is why some reports suggested Clayton’s original signing bonus was around $6 million. It’s actually $6.6 million, but Clayton won’t collect $4.1 million of that payment until next year.
Clayton’s contract also includes $250,000 in not-likely-to-be-earned incentives in his rookie year. His base salaries are as follows: $440,000 (2004), $1.125 million (2005), $1.350 million (2006), $1.575 million (2007), $1.8 million (2008), $1 million (2009).
Progress Report: Clayton showed people why Tampa Bay felt he was worthy of the 15th overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by leading all Bucs wide receivers with 11 receptions for 154 yards (14.0 avg.) and one touchdown. Although he didn’t beat out Tim Brown for the starting flanker (Z) position, Clayton showed impressive hands, route-running ability and blocking skills, all of which should earn him some significant playing time, especially in three-receiver sets. GRADE: B+
LB Marquis Cooper – Washington – Third-Round Pick
Contract: Cooper signed what was technically a six-year contract, but like Clayton, Cooper’s deal voids to a five-year deal because of a minimum playing time clause that will likely be reached. His deal included a $847,000 signing bonus.
Cooper also has $100,000 worth of not-likely-to-be-earned incentive money in his rookie year, and he could earn an additional $50,000 each time he makes the Pro Bowl as a special teamer and/or an additional $75,000 per year each time he makes the Pro Bowl as a linebacker.
Cooper’s base salaries are as follows: $230,000 (2004), $305,000 (2005), $385,000 (2006), $460,000 (2007), $545,000 (2008) and $545,000 (2009).
Progress Report: Cooper had a quiet, but productive preseason, recording 12 tackles, which ranked third on the team, and one pass defensed. He also recorded two special teams takedowns. Cooper is one of Tampa Bay’s fastest linebackers, but he wasn’t able to really put that speed to great use in the exhibition games since he seemed unsure of his assignments at times. However, Cooper displayed a nose for the football and a willingness to make a play on every down. He is currently listed as weakside linebacker Derrick Brooks’ backup. GRADE: B-
S Will Allen – Ohio State – Fourth-Round
Contract: Allen signed a five-year contract and received a $500,000 signing bonus. His contract includes $250,000 in not-likely-to-be-earned incentive money during his rookie year and up to $275,000 in not-likely-to-be-earned incentive money each year.
Allen’s base salaries are as follows: $230,000 (2004), $305,000 (2005), $385,000 (2006), $460,000 (2007) and $545,000 (2008).
Progress Report: After a shaky start in training camp, Allen really showed improvement in preseason by letting his instincts take over in games. He notched nine tackles on defense and one takedown on special teams. Allen is listed as strong safety Dwight Smith’s backup. GRADE: C
G Jeb Terry – North Carolina – Fifth-Round
Contract: If Terry turns out to be a fifth-round steal, he may not be around long enough for the Bucs to reap the benefits of such a find. As PewterReport.com first reported at the beginning of July, Bucs general manager Bruce Allen is a big fan of offering draft picks either a two- or a five-year contract. Terry decided to go with the latter, signing just a two-year deal with the Bucs. His contract included a $81,000 signing bonus.
Terry’s base salaries are as follows: $230,000 (2004) and $305,000 (2005).
Progress Report: Terry, who is further ahead in his pass blocking than he is as a run blocker, had an impressive training camp and preseason. Not only could he work his way into the starting lineup at right guard next year since Cosey Coleman is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, but Terry even showed some versatility in preseason by playing right tackle. GRADE: B-
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