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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Finish Signing Their Rookie Class by Inking First-Rounder Mark Barron

July 20th, 2012 at 8:43 PM
By Wolf Heard

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers moved quickly after the NFL Draft to sign their entire rookie class. Everyone signed their names on the dotted line several weeks ago except first-rounder Mark Barron.

Well, that is no longer the case as Barron, who was the No. 7 overall pick, has reportedly signed with the Bucs.

Multiple sites have announced that Barron and the Bucs have agreed on a fully-guaranteed, four-year deal. Mike Florio of Profootballtalk.com is reporting that the deal includes an $8.961 million signing bonus for the former Crimson Tide two-time first-team All-American.

This is good news for the Bucs because now Barron can concentrate solely on football and getting ready for training camp. Rookies reported two days ago on July 18th and veterans report to duty on the 26th.

As a senior last year, Barron helped lead Alabama to a BCS National Championship and their defense to a No. 1 national rank in total defense. He finished his collegiate career with 237 tackles, 12 interceptions, 29 passes defensed, 13 tackles for loss, five sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Barron is expected to start alongside veteran Ronde Barber at the strong safety position.

Tags: Football, Mark Barron, NFL, Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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