"Rich (McKay) is the best," the agent for one of Tampa Bay's 2002 draft picks told Pewter Report. "Rich is a really fair guy. He's the type of guy that can get a deal done quickly. Working on these (lower draft picks) types of deals is not hard. It's working on deals for the first round picks and veteran free agents that you learn to appreciate working with a guy like Rich."
While negotiations with first round draft picks generally start in June or July, McKay typically has waited until a week or two before the start of training camp to sign all of its draft picks, which is why it's not unusual for the team to not have any of its draft picks under contract this late in the offseason.
So, when will McKay and Co. ink its draft picks to contracts? The process could start today, tomorrow, next week or the week after. But one thing is almost certain -- the Bucs will report to training camp with its eight draft picks under contract.
"These type of deals can happen in a matter of minutes," the agent for one of Tampa Bay's 2002 draft picks told Pewter Report. "It's really just a matter of getting on the phone and doing it."
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