Buccaneers sign second-round pick Kyle Trask to four-year, $5.5M rookie deal

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A potential Tom Brady successor is officially under contract. The Buccaneers inked second-round pick Kyle Trask to his rookie deal, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times tweets.

It’s a four-year pact worth $5.535M with a signing bonus of $1.385M for the Florida product. The move comes right as the Bucs are starting their mandatory minicamp. It’s a welcome development for the most recent 64th pick, as he’ll need to focus on all the practice time he can get as a backup quarterback not likely to see the regular-season field anytime soon.

Trask had an unusual path to the pros, as he didn’t start a game in high school after his freshman year while backing up eventual Houston and Miami star D’Eriq King. Trask was recruited by Florida nonetheless and became the starter in his junior year in 2019 after an injury to Feleipe Franks.

Trask thrived under Dan Mullen and became a Heisman contender in 2020. He set numerous records for the Gators, throwing for 43 touchdowns in 12 games.

In the early draft process there was some buzz he could sneak into the first round, but he ultimately almost slipped to the third until Tampa nabbed him with the last pick of the second. The Buccaneers also have Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Griffin on the roster behind Brady, who are likely competing for one backup spot next to Trask.

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