It’s Professionalism Week for Bucs’ rookies. Just a few short months ago, the guys were college students with not much financial freedom. Now, they’re professional athletes having to make major financial decisions for likely the first time in their lives. That’s where Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay and Raymond James Financial come in. They were on hand Thursday to take the rookies through an exercise in making informed financial decisions based on their specific situations.
First, the players were broken up into groups and given income scenarios that varied from being a second-round pick with a $2 million signing bonus to being an undrafted free agent with a $1,000 signing bonus.