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Three Bucs out, but signings heat up



Adams   It's going to take some work and maybe a few breaks for the Bucs to have all their players signed before the first training camp workout Friday.

   Bucs first-round pick Gaines Adams and second-rounders Arron Sears and Sabby Piscitelli remain unsigned as the team reports today at the Celebration Hotel by 4 p.m.

   There's even a possibility that Adams, a defensive end from Clemson, could stage the Bucs' first extended rookie holdout in more than a decade. That's because few first-rounders, particularly around Adams' fourth overall spot, have signed.

   There was a little movement late Wednesday night when the Falcons signed defensive lineman Jamaal Anderson to a five-year deal that could be worth $31-million.

   Sears, the 35th player in the draft, could be next to reach an agreement with the Bucs. That's because the Eagles signed quarterback Kevin Kolb, the player taken just behind Sears. The agent for Piscitelli indicated late Wednesday that the two sides were still not close to an agreement.

   All three of the Bucs top rookies could play important roles on the defense. Adams' impact will depend on the health of veteran Simeon Rice, who is coming off shoulder surgery.

   It should be an interesting day at the Celebration Hotel. Check back for further updates.

(Pictured: Gaines Adams. Times photo - Brendan Fitterer. Click to enlarge.)






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