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Bucs nearing deals with remaining picks



Three of the Bucs' four un-signed rookies said today they expect to reach contract agreements with the team in the next few days.

   Receiver/kick returner Dexter Jackson (second round), offensive lineman Jeremy Zuttah (third round) and quarterback Josh Johnson (fifth round) said they did not anticipate any delays reporting to camp Friday.

   First round pick Aquib Talib, a defensive back from Kansas, also remains unsigned.

   Adam Heller, the agent for Johnson, said an agreement may take another day or two because, "we're trying to get a little creative.' Johnson is not expected to be active for many games as a rookie.

   Bucs general manager Bruce Allen has never failed to sign a draft pick prior to the start of training camp since coming to the team in 2004.

   "I'd love to get it done as soon as possible,' Jackson said. "I'm just waiting. It should be done, hopefully, before camp. Maybe by Thursday I can officially be a Buc.'

   That process was made easier when special master Stephen Burbank ruled in favor of the NFL Players Association when he found fully-guaranteed salaries in uncapped years of 2010 and beyond will not be allocated to the first or second year for salary cap purposes.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:04pm]


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