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Big Gains for the Bucs; Adams Signs and is Ready to Go


The Buccaneers are now on growing list of teams that have signed their first round draft pick.  Thursday the team and the fourth pick of the draft, defensive end Gaines Adams agreed to terms that will make the big man a very rich man.  Sources say that Adams’ deal is for six years and worth $46 million.  $18.56 million of that is guaranteed.  Friday is the first day of practice for the Bucs, meaning that Adams will be on the field the first time the team takes the field, which was the goal all along.  “I’m just coming in and working hard and doing whatever Coach (Jon) Gruden wants me to do,” Adams said.  “I’m very excited,” he said. “It’s a dream come true.”

Adams was the ACC The soft-spoken defensive player of the year had 12.5 sacks as a senior. He stands 6-foot-5, weighs 258 pounds, and is very fast off the ball.  “I wanted to come in on the first day, get acclimated and let them know I’m here with them,” Adams said.  The newest Buc is expected to go head to head with Simeon Rice for playing time at right end.  As far as the money he got, his agent Fletcher Smith said signing before picks one and two was not that big of a deal.  “Sometimes waiting can hurt you,” Smith said, adding he’s comfortable the deal will not be surpassed by anyone selected behind Adams. “You have an idea of where you want to be. If you can’t get there, then you wait.”

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