Vernon Hargreaves III signs rookie contract with Buccaneers

Vernon Hargreaves III swings his hips around to break for a ball.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – First-round draft pick Vernon Hargreaves III was on the practice field Friday, hours after a signing a four-year, $14.2 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The former Florida cornerback was the 11th overall selection last week. He’s slotted for an $8.5 million signing bonus and is expected to be an immediate starter in a defense that allowed opponents to complete 70 percent of passes and throw for 31 touchdowns last season.

The Bucs also signed sixth-round linebacker Devante Bond on the first day of the team’s weekend rookie minicamp. Fourth-round cornerback Ryan Smith and fifth-round offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch agreed to deals Thursday.

That leaves Tampa Bay with three unsigned draft picks: second-round selections Noah Spence and Roberto Aguayo, plus sixth-round tight end/fullback Danny Vitale.


Below is the list of 51 players that are expected to participate in the Buccaneers’ Rookie Mini-Camp this weekend, with players drafted listed in bold:

No. Name Pos.   College Status
1 Cason Beatty P Florida State Tryout
2 Steven Bench QB USF Tryout
10 Phillip Ely QB Toledo Tryout
15 Bernard Reedy WR Toledo FA-’16
16 Dez Stewart WR Ohio Dominican FA-’16
17 Andre Davis WR USF Tryout
19 Roberto Aguayo K Florida State D2b-’16
24 Marqus Baker CB Buffalo Tryout
25 Stanley Absanon CB Eastern Kentucky Tryout
28 Vernon Hargreaves III CB   Florida D1-’16
29 Ryan Smith DB North Carolina Central D4-’16
32 Joel Ross CB Appalachian State FA-’15
33 Tim Brown TE West Chester FA-’16
35 Traveon Henry S Northwestern FA-’16
39 Isaiah Johnson S South Carolina FA-’16
41 Elijah Shumate S Notre Dame FA-’16
43 Peyton Barber RB Auburn FA-’16
44 Russell Hansbrough RB Missouri FA-’16
45 Alan Cross TE Memphis FA-’16
46 Kivon Cartwright TE Colorado State FA-’16
46 Tyson Coleman LB Oregon FA-’16
48 Justin Shirk TE Bloomsburg Tryout
49 Cassanova McKinzy LB Auburn FA-’16
50 Luke Rhodes LB William & Mary FA-’16
51 Dax Dellenbach LS Florida State Tryout
52 Micah Awe LB Texas Tech Tryout
56 Zach Shaw LB Indiana Tryout
57 Noah Spence DE Eastern Kentucky D2a-’16
58 Mike Kozlakowski LB Maine Tryout
59 Devante Bond LB   Oklahoma D6a-’16
60 Dominique Robertson G West Georgia FA-’16
61 Joel Hale C Ohio State Tryout
62 Rob Trudo G Syracuse Tryout
65 Taylor Fallin T Memphis FA-’16
66 Leonard Wester T Missouri Western FA-’16
71 Channing Ward DE Mississippi FA-’16
72 Thor Jozwiak G USF Tryout
73 Brynjar Gudmunsson C USF Tryout
74 Dave Bowen T Boston College Tryout
75 DaVonte Lambert DT Auburn FA-’16
76 Kelby Johnson T Louisville Tryout
77 Caleb Benenoch OL UCLA D5-’16
79 Jontavius Morris DT Western Kentucky FA-’16
80 Roman Namdar WR Mount Union Tryout
81 Tevin Westbrook TE Florida FA-’15
82 Mike Thomas WR Arizona Tryout
86 Danny Vitale TE Northwestern D6b-’16
94 Darryl Paulo DE Washington State Tryout
95 Martavius Foster DE Colorado State Tryout
97 Travis Britz DT Kansas State Tryout
98 Pio Vatuvei DT Louisville Tryout provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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