The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and rookie safety Mark Barron agreed to a four-year deal with a nearly $9 million signing bonus. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed their first-round draft pick safety Mark Barron to a four-year deal on Friday, reports Profootballtalk.com.
The fully-guaranteed, four-year contract includes a signing bonus of $8.961 million and base salaries of $390,000 in 2012, $1.047 million in 2013, $1.705 million in 2014, and $2.362 million in 2014.
Four of the first nine first round draft picks have avoided the offset language issue.
Offset language protects teams financially if players are released sometime during their initial four-year contracts. Most of those contracts are fully guaranteed. If the offset language is included in the deal, a team’s financial obligation is reduced if the player signs with another team, by the amount he earns from the new team.