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Bucs sign draft picks Steven Means, Mike James

Running back Mike James jogs by head coach Greg Schiano during rookie minicamp.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times

Running back Mike James jogs by head coach Greg Schiano during rookie minicamp.

 

The Bucs took care of a little business today, signing fifth-round draft pick Steven Means and sixth-round choice Mike James to rookie contracts.

With the current collective bargaining agreement simplifying the process of signing rookies by reducing the negotiating parameters, more teams are moving to sign draft picks earlier than in past years.

Means and James are the first Tampa Bay picks to sign deals in 2013.

Means, selected from the University of Buffalo, joins the Bucs with high hopes after his pass-rush success in college. Means had 18.5 sacks and 29.5 tackles for losses in his career.

The Bucs also are high on James, who arrives from the University of Miami where he rushed for 1,386 yards and 17 touchdowns and was productive as a receiver out of the backfield.

 

[Last modified: Monday, May 13, 2013 4:52pm]

    

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