Donovan Smith second-round Buccaneers deal: $6.068 million, $4.373 million guaranteed, including $2.673 million signing bonus— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) June 1, 2015
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed second-round pick Donovan Smith to a four-year contract, the team announced. The Bucs had previously signed most of their draft picks to contracts, with only Ali Marpet and Smith remaining unsigned before today.
Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) June 1, 2015
Smith is likely to be the Buccaneers' starting left tackle, although he has been behind second-year player Kevin Pamphile in practice so far. That's likely to change as the offseason goes on, as Smith is simply a more talented player.
Marpet is likely to sign his four-year contract shortly. Under the NFL CBA, rookies effectively operate under a rookie wage scale and there's very little to negotiate to their contracts. In addition, not having a player under contract doesn't prevent them from participating in any offseason workouts, OTAs or training camp, so any delay is no real problem.