With coaching camp lower than two weeks away, there’s something peculiar brewing in Tampa Bay. The Bucs nonetheless haven’t signed their first draft decide from the 2022 NFL Draft – defensive sort out Logan Corridor.
To most this might sound a bit peculiar. The NFL makes use of a slotting system for draft picks that ensures every participant will get a sure amount of cash of their contract primarily based on the place they had been drafted. There isn’t a lot room for negotiation.
What May Be Holding Up The Deal?
So why hasn’t the staff reached a take care of their rookie defensive sort out? Almost definitely this has to do with absolutely assured cash. In 2021 the NFL set a brand new file for what number of draft picks acquired absolutely assured contracts for the reason that 2012 collective bargaining settlement capped rookie contracts. The highest 28 draft picks that yr had been in a position to negotiate their offers with a 100% assure. This yr each first-round decide was in a position to do the identical.
It stands to cause that Corridor desires to change into the primary second-round decide to get a completely assured deal. Final yr’s thirty second decide was cornerback Tyson Cambell of the Jacksonville Jaguars. His contract was a four-year deal price $9,015,108 with $7,175,744 absolutely assured. The complete assure represents 80% of the whole contract. Campbell was in a position to absolutely assure the primary three years of his contract together with $50,000 of his fourth yr.
Corridor’s deal may also be a four-year contract and may are available at $9,316,459 per Brad Spielberger of Professional Soccer Focus.
The place Will Corridor’s Assure Land?
Assuming Corridor gained’t accept a assure at a decrease charge than Campbell’s the ground for his assure sits at roughly $7.45 million. Personally, I don’t assume Corridor will get the complete quantity. The Bucs have all of the leverage in negotiations, and I don’t imagine they are going to wish to set the precedent.
Spielberger agrees. After I requested him about the opportunity of Corridor getting a completely assured contract, Spielberger replied “I don’t assume he’s pushing for a completely assured deal. However I do assume he’s making an attempt to get a bit of yr 4 assured. Campbell was the primary second-rounder to get a few of yr 4 assured final yr, however nonetheless simply $50,000. So, he’ll look to high that.”
There are two different excessive second-round gamers who appear to be ready on Corridor to signal earlier than committing to their very own contracts. Large receiver Christian Watson of the Packers and cornerback Roger McCreary of the Titans, who had been chosen with the 2 picks instantly after Corridor, are additionally not signed as of this writing.
In the meantime, operating again Breece Corridor of the New York Jets, who was taken after McCreary, has signed his take care of the main points of the assure nonetheless not confirmed. Jalen Pitre is the best second-rounder to have signed with particulars of his assure obtainable. Per overthecap.com, Pitre has the primary three years of his deal assured. These mixed along with his signing bonus carry his ensures to 78.4% of his $8,954,436 complete contract.
My guess is the contract will get signed simply earlier than coaching camp. I imagine the complete assure will embody round $300,000 of the fourth-year wage. That will be round $7.67 million of the whole contract worth. It would symbolize a win-win for each side. The Bucs will maintain off on setting the absolutely assured precedent for second-round picks that the NFL appears to be careening in direction of. In the meantime, Corridor will get to advance that assured quantity increased than it has been beforehand.