TAMPA — The Buccaneers on Friday signed seventh-round draft pick Sammie Stroughter to a four-year contract, bringing the team a step closer to locking up its 2009 class.
Stroughter, a receiver from Oregon State, has drawn praise from coaches for his aptitude in quickly learning the offense and his ability to contribute immediately. The former first-team All-Pac 10 selection received a contract that includes escalators in its final year, giving him the ability to cash in if his contributions are what the team envisions.
"We're very happy with what he's doing," offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski said this week. "He was coming along and doing some things that we drafted him for."
Stroughter has proved able to play in the slot and is considered a contender for the No. 3 receiver role. Though he missed this week's minicamp with a hamstring injury, he is soon expected to be at full strength and should make training camp interesting as he battles for playing time.
The Bucs have four picks unsigned: first-rounder Josh Freeman, quarterback; third-rounder Roy Miller, defensive tackle; fourth-rounder Kyle Moore, defensive end; and seventh-rounder E.J. Biggers, cornerback.
The Bucs released former USF receiver Amarri Jackson, linebacker Jamall Johnson and cornerback Evan McCollough. Each was an undrafted free agent.
Ex-quarterback Kosar files for bankruptcy
MIAMI — Former NFL and Hurricanes quarterback Bernie Kosar, 45, filed for bankruptcy protection.
Kosar's Chapter 11 filing lists assets between $1 million and $10 million, and liabilities between $10 million and $50 million. Kosar owes almost $1.5 million in "unsecured debt" to the Browns, for whom he played from 1985 to 1993. Kosar owes his ex-wife, Babette, $3 million, and $725,000 from a personal loan to the owner of the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League. He owes a bank about $9 million from real estate deals.
Kosar divorced in 2007 and last year saw his steakhouse go out of business.
Leaf surrenders: Former quarterback Ryan Leaf surrendered to authorities in Canyon, Texas, to face burglary and drug-related charges. His attorney, Bill Kelly, said Leaf turned himself in at the Randall County Jail, where the former No. 2 draft pick was indicted in May after coaching quarterbacks at West Texas A&M for three seasons. Kelly said Leaf posted $15,000 bail and headed back to Washington state.
Leaf faces one count of burglary and eight drug-related counts associated with the painkiller Hydrocodone. He was arrested Wednesday in Washington after entering the United States from Canada. He posted bond and flew to Texas.
Leafs faces one count of burglary, a second-degree felony, and seven counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. Authorities said he broke into an injured football player's apartment and took Hydrocodone.
Bills: The disorderly conduct case against defensive back Donte Whitner was moved to July 31. Police in Cleveland say he tried to force his way past officers dealing with a nightclub crowd.
Chiefs: Released were long snapper Thomas Gafford, receiver C.J. Jones, defensive tackle T.J. Jackson and linebacker Darrell Robertson.
Vikings: The team waived quarterback Sean Glennon, offensive lineman Bobby Lepori and tight end Nick Walker. All were undrafted rookie free agents.
Information from Times wires was used in this report.