TEMPE, Ariz. — Rookies and agents don’t care for the NFL’s four-season-old rookie scale, but team management, coaches and media sure do.
The Cardinals signed top pick Deone Bucannon, a safety out of Washington State, to a four-year deal on Thursday, meaning all seven Cardinals draft picks are now under contract before minicamp begins next week — a far cry from the drawn-out negotiations that used to haunt this franchise.
Terms of the deal were not immediately available, but based on estimates from overthecap.com, the deal should have a total value of about $7.7 million with a signing bonus just shy of $4 million.
Bucannon (6-1, 211) earned first-team All-American honors and was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back after leading the Pac-12 and recording a team high 114 tackles (78 solos) 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 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.
Bucannon finished his college career by starting 43 of 49 career games played and recorded 384 tackles (268 solos), 15 interceptions, seven forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, one sack and 14 special-teams tackles.