That’s a pretty cheap deal for the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety, who had a lot of trouble finding a taker for his services. Apparently the Bucs weren’t happy with his play, as they chose to re-sign Chris Conte and add J.J. Wilcox instead of retaining his services.
McDougald signing elsewhere helps the Bucs in one other way: it leaves the door open for them to get a compensatory pick next season, which will only happen if they lose more qualifying free agents than they sign. McDougald could tip the balance there.
In other news, center Joe Hawley’s contract details are out.
#Buccaneers C Joe Hawley's 2-year deal is worth $5.5m with $1m fully gtd. 2nd-year is option year.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 22, 2017
That’s pretty much what he’s earned in recent years. Hawley will likely start at center for the Bucs this and maybe next season, though the limited salary and lack of job security does suggest the Bucs will be looking at either an upgrade or long-term replacement, if a player like that becomes available.