The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have its plate full over the next few weeks as the team prepares for training camp, which starts on July 31. Aside from focusing on their own players, the team will have to keep an eye on the first overall pick from the 2010 NFL Draft — Sam Bradford.
Bucs rookie defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who was a college teammate of Bradford’s at Oklahoma, told the Oklahoman that he is going to wait to put pen-to-paper with the Bucs until his former quarterback inks his deal with the St. Louis Rams.
…If Bradford receives the record-breaking rookie contract from the Rams that everyone expects, McCoy thinks that can only give him more leverage in his own negotiations with the Bucs.
“It’s kind of one of those deals where you would rather let the first pick sign first,” McCoy said. “You don’t want to do your deal first and his contract is way higher than yours. But if you waited yours would have been higher.”
PewterReport.com’s Take: While McCoy has stated that he wants to get his contract done in time to report to camp, there is a possibly that he could miss some time if he is going to indeed wait for Bradford to sign his contract. Bradford is expected to make around $45-50 million in guaranteed money, but some feel like the Rams should not pay Bradford that much. If negotiations take longer than expected, McCoy could be paying the waiting game. People must remember the business side of football though, and McCoy is just doing what he feels is right in order to get the most money out of his rookie contract.