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Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign two draft picks

The Bucs signed two draft picks, defensive end Kyle Moore and cornerback E.J. Biggers, to four-year contracts on Tuesday.

They drafted Moore in the fourth round out of USC and Biggers in the seventh out of Western Michigan. Tampa Bay has just two unsigned draft picks: first-rounder Josh Freeman, the quarterback from Kansas State; and third-round pick Roy Miller, a defensive tackle from Texas.

Offensive tackle Xavier Fulton out of Illinois signed two weeks ago, and receiver Sammie Stroughter, from Oregon State, signed last week.

CB TO RETIRE: Fernando Bryant, a cornerback and former first-round pick who played 10 seasons with the Jaguars, Lions and Steelers, is retiring. Bryant, 32, started 109 of the 112 NFL games he played.

CHIEFS: The team will retire the No. 58 of late Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Thomas during a ceremony Dec. 6. … South Carolina kicker Ryan Succop, one of the team's three seventh-round draft picks, signed.

JETS: The team is taking advantage of a new NFL rule this summer that will allow it to place a corporate logo on its practice jerseys as a source of additional revenue. The patch will feature the logo of Atlantic Health, a New Jersey health care provider that owns naming rights on the team's training facility in Florham Park, N.J.

STEELERS: Offensive tackle Max Starks signed a four-year contract that keeps him with the team through 2012 and frees up several million dollars in salary cap room. Starks, the starting left tackle, was designated the franchise player on Feb. 20.

Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.

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