The Arizona Cardinals have all their draft picks under contract. The team announced that they have signed safety Deone Bucannon, their first round selection in this year's NFL Draft, to a four-year contract.
The team did not get last year's first rounder, guard Jonathan Cooper, signed until the first day of training camp.
Generally speaking, with the current collective bargaining agreement, draft picks more or lesst know how much they will be paid, so long holdouts are a thing of the past. With the signing, one storyline to discuss as we get closer to training camp is done.
Bucannon (6-1, 211) earned first-team All-American honors and was a semi-finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back after leading the conference and recording a team high 114 tackles (78 solo) to go along with a career-high six interceptions, 4.5 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries as a senior in 2013. A two-time All-Pac-12 conference first-team selection, Bucannon’s 15 career interceptions rank third in school history, his 384 career tackles were the highest total ever by a Cougar defensive back and his solo tackle total (268) was the second-most in school history.
A Fairfield, CA native, Bucannon finished his career by starting 43 of 49 career games played and recorded 384 tackles (268 solo), 15 interceptions, seven forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, one sack and 14 special teams tackles.
Update: The contract numbers are in, per Mike Jurecki
Cardinals S Deone Bucannon 4 year deal worth 7.7M, including 3.9M in bonus money. His first year cap number is 1.4M in 2014 #5thYrTeamOption— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) June 5, 2014
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