Former Washington linebacker Mason Foster has reportedly agreed to a four-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after he was taken in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft. The mystery has been taken out of rookie contracts in the new collective bargaining agreement, and Foster, as a mid-round pick, was expected to agree to a deal quickly after teams were allowed to begin negotiations. Rookies will receive four-year contracts, as stipulated by the CBA, and a sliding scale determines the money ceiling of the deal.
Foster will be guaranteed $1.4 million and can earn up to about twice that over the length of his rookie contract. The first two years of his contract are, essentially, guaranteed, according to Rick Stroud.
Bucs LB Mason Foster, the 3rd round pick, signed 4-year deal worth $2.784-million with $1.4-million guaranteed in the first two seasons.
Foster was a standout performing for the Huskies, racking up tackles at an astounding rate throughout his career. He continued his steady performance in the workouts leading up to the draft, turning heads along the way. In Tampa, he'll have a chance to compete for a roster spot and place in the rotation, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him shoot up the depth chart quickly.