Bucs sign third-round LB Foster

Posted July 26, 2011 @ 5:36 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Buccaneers made the first signing of a drafted rookie on Tuesday, coming to terms on a four-year deal with LB Mason Foster.

GM Mark Dominik said the team also agreed to a four-year deal with seventh-round TE Daniel Hardy.

"I am excited to announce that I just got off the phone with Mason Foster's agent and he has just agreed to a four-year contract with our (third-round) draft pick," Dominik said, according to The Pewter Report. "We just need to get his signature on the contract, but that's a big element because he's a big part of our future plans here. So getting him under contract and letting him be in the building tonight already and starting to learn is the most important thing we can do."

Buccaneers MLB Barrett Ruud is an unrestricted free agent, and Dominik said that went into the thought process of drafting Foster.

"I knew that Barrett had played six years in Tampa and he would be an unrestricted free agent regardless of whether free agency was four years or six years. At that point, you have to start preparing in case you don't have Barrett Ruud," he said. "The draft came and fell to us in a way that we liked Mason Foster where we got him. We are happy to have him on this football team."