The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed their first draft pick to a contract, as sixth-round receiver Robert Herron put the moment of his signing on Instagram.
Herron likely received approximately a $2,3 million contract with a $112,000 signing bonus, if Over The Cap's rookie contract estimates are accurate, which they have been so far. He should receive salaries of $420,000 in 2014, $510,000 in 2015, $600,000 in 2016 and $690,000 in 2017. Outside of his signing bonus, none of Herron's salary is likely to be guaranteed in any way.
The Wyoming prospect is likely to see the field as a returner, and should compete for a spot as the team's slot receiver. His speed brings a new dimension to a receiving corps dominated by huge pass-catchers, as befits the Dunkaneers.
The 2011 CBA's rookie cap has left very little room to negotiate on rookie contracts, which means draft picks can be signed swiftly. The Bucs signed their draft picks in reverse drafting order last season with the exception of Mike Glennon, but quarterback contracts tend to be slightly more complicated than usual. They had every non-QB draft picks signed by May 23 last year, and there's no reason to believe they'll deviate from that course this season.