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Arrelious Benn signs four-year deal with Bucs



Receiver Arrelious Benn, one of two second-round picks for the Bucs in April, has signed a four-year deal, just days before the club prepares to report to training.

Benn, who received a $2.1 million signing bonus, was the 39th overall selection out of the University of Illinois and is positioned to see extensive playing time as a rookie. He'll be thrown into a receiver mix that includes fellow rookie Mike Williams, second-year man Sammie Stroughter, Maurice Stovall and others.

Though Williams and Stroughter arguably have a slight edge at earning starting roles entering training camp, those assessments are based on non-contact offseason workouts. Training camp is where Benn, a punishing, 6-2, 220-pound specimen, will make his mark. When the pads go on, the Bucs expect his true colors will show. He is at his best in the open field where he can shake would-be tacklers and rack up yards after the catch.

"His assets have always been strength and power," general manager Mark Dominik said. "And you can't show that in shorts. It'll be interesting to see what he can do in training camp when the pads come on."

Benn is a former Big 10 Freshman of the Year and was named first-team All-Big 10 as a sophomore in 2008.


[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 8:43am]


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