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Theory on why Bucs rookie LB Devin White remains unsigned

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We’re almost to the middle of the month of July and Tampa Bay Buccaneers first round pick Devin White is still one of five first round picks that remains unsigned

And, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio advanced the theory on Friday morning, as to why that might be:

Florio contends that the powerful sports agency CAA is for the second year in a row playing “hardball negotiation” with teams in particular over the amount of guaranteed money. And also, haggling over the “offset language” in the event that a player is cut before the end of his four-year rookie deal and then, re-signs with another team.

As Florio points out, at this time a year ago CAA was representing five of the seven unsigned first-round picks from the opening round.

This time, the list includes #2 overall, defensive end Nick Bosa for the 49ers, Jets 3rd overall defensive tackle Quinnen Williams and Tampa Bay’s fifth overall, White. Throw in for good measure, that CAA is also representing Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, who was picked sixth back in April.

We wrote previously about the first rounders signing slowly after the draft. And, the agents, as well as the teams, pretty much know the salary slot for the different players from year to year. Thus, it makes the process much less complicated to get deals done.

For example, the Broncos gave defense it in Bradley Chubb $18.2 million guaranteed, as the fifth overall pick last year. Therefore, White’s deal with Bucs GM Jason Licht should have somewhere around that same money for four years.

It’s easy to understand why Jones is still waiting at number six to see what these unsigned defensive players in front of him are going to get. That’s because, he is a quarterback and stands to make much more upfront in a signing bonus from the Giants.

While the teams, including the Buccaneers, have two weeks to get it solved, it’s important to remember that White cannot participate in training camp under CBA rules, if he has not agreed.

However expect him to do so, even if it takes all the way up until the eve of the Buccaneers beginning.

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