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DE Adrian Clayborn agrees to four-year deal with Bucs

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Defensive end Adrian Clayborn signed a four-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers early Wednesday, becoming the first, 1st-round pick to sign under the new rookie salary pay scale.

Clayborn, the former Iowa star, will receive an option in the fifth year, as mandated by the collective bargaining agreement. Agent Blake Baratz of The Institute for Athletes first disclised the deal to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The signing of Clayborn wrapped up a busy first day and early Wednesday morning for Bucs general manager Mark Dominik, who has now signed three of the Bucs' draft choices. Third-round pick Mason Foster, a linebacker from Washington, and seventh-round pick Daniel Hardy, a tight end from Iowa.

The Bucs have invested heavily in their defensive line in an attempt to improve an anemic pass rush that produced only 26 sacks in 2010.

Tampa Bay used the 20th overall pick in the draft to select Clayborn, who is known more for his ability to play the run. Clayborn had 11 sacks in 2009 but only four in 2010.

The Bucs also are working to sign their second-round pick, Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers, who led the nation in sacks with 16. That four-year deal could be completed later today.

A year ago, the Bucs doubled down at defensive tackle, selecting Oklahoma's Gerald McCoy with the third overall pick and UCLA's Brian Price in the second round. McCoy started 13 games and finished with three sacks. Price played in only five games before being placed on injured reserve with a pelvic injury.

"We're going to try and continue to push signing our draft picks quickly because I'd like to have every one of them out there the first day of training camp,'' Dominik said Tuesday. "And every day I can get them back here with our coaches and give them an opportunity to try to catch up as much as they can is really important to me.''

Bowers fell to the second round after undergoing knee surgery. He will undergo a physical with the rest of the team on Thursday.

"Everything we've gotten back from Clemson in terms of what he did after the draft was over until one day ago, he followed a very good plan that we had in place and he stuck to it,'' Dominik said. "The trainers there at Clemson have worked really hard with him and now we're fired up to have Todd Toriscelli and our group continue to work with him. But I see Da'Quan being ready to go day one.''

   

      

  

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