Considering all of the craziness that everyone has been living through over the last four-plus months, it’s not surprising that this hasn’t exactly been a normal NFL offseason. Even the NFL Draft was different, as everything was held remotely due to the ongoing pandemic. So, understandably, draft picks around the league have taken even longer than normal to sign their rookie deals.
However, on Wednesday evening, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the Buccaneers have agreed to terms with their first-round selection, offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs:
The #Bucs have agreed to terms with first-round OL Tristan Wirfs on his four-year, fully guaranteed $16.23M contract with a fifth-year option, source said. He’ll officially sign when he arrives at the facility.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 22, 2020
As Rapoport tweeted, the deal is fully guaranteed and worth $16.23 million over four years, with a fifth-year option, and the 21-year-old will sign the contract when he arrives at the team’s facility. Rookies are set to report on Thursday.
Wirfs, who was selected with the 13th pick in April’s draft after the Bucs traded up from pick No. 14, is set to be a huge part of the offensive line in 2020. Tampa Bay brought him in to shore up the right tackle position after the departure of veteran Demar Dotson, and with Tom Brady as the team’s new signal-caller, protecting the quarterback is all the more important for the Bucs in 2020.
Tampa Bay has now agreed to terms with four of its 2020 draft picks: Wirfs, wide receiver Tyler Johnson, defensive tackle Khalil Davis and running back Raymond Calais.