Redshirt freshman linebacker DeForest Buckner is set to be the starting linebacker in the upcoming season.
According to a report from ESPN, Buckner, who was the No. 5 overall pick in the 2017 draft, will receive a two-year, $12 million contract that includes incentives.
The offer was revealed by a source close to Buckner who requested anonymity.
Buckner was a standout as a junior at Washington State, helping lead the Cougars to a Pac-12 title.
This year, Bucknell finished as the top-ranked team in the nation and ranked No. 9 in the conference in scoring defense.
He is expected to help with Bucknell’s transition to the NFL, as the team will be working with new offensive coordinator John Chavis.
Cincinnati Bengals safety Dre Kirkpatrick is set as the starter in 2017.
Kirkpatrick, who joined the team in March, will earn a four-year contract worth $15.3 million.
In 2018, Kirkpatrick will earn $3.75 million with $2.5 million guaranteed.