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Donovan Smith signs four-year contract with Buccaneers

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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.

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.