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July 26, 2011 @ 2:18 pm
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Bucs Sign First-Round Pick Clayborn

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The Buccaneers have come to terms with first-rounder Adrian Clayborn, according to ESPN insider Adam Schefter. This signing makes Clayborn the first player selected in the first round to agree on a contract. The Bucs selected the Iowa DE with the 20th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reached an agreement with their first-round draft pick Adrian Clayborn, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Bucs defensive end was eager to get to work as he was already in the building on Tuesday getting acquainted with his new teammates and coaches. Under the new CBA, Clayborn's contract will be a four-year deal with a fifth-year option held by the team. His deal is worth a total of $8.2 million over four years and is fully guaranteed.

Clayborn is the first player of this year's first-round draft class to be signed and also the first ever first-round pick signed under the new CBA. The Iowa product is the third member of Tampa Bay's draft class to sign their rookie contract after third-round draft selection LB Mason Foster and seventh-round draft pick TE Daniel Hardy both agree to four-year deals on Tuesday afternoon.

The Bucs selected Clayborn with the 20th overall pick in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Tampa Bay decided to pair Clayborn with another high-profile defensive end as the team selected Clemson's Da'Quan Bowers in the second round.

The 6-foot-3, 281-pound Clayborn is expected to contribute right away for the Bucs and will have the chance to be the team's starting right end on opening day against the Detroit Lions. Clayborn, 23, is a power football player that uses his strength to rip off blocks and shed offensive linemen to the side in order to open up a lane to get to the quarterback. Clayborn also excels at bull rushing tackles. The former Hawkeye is expected to boost the Bucs run defense as he is stout at the point of attack and plays with very good leverage due to his stature and strength.

Clayborn broke out in 2010 as a junior when he totaled 70 tackles with 11.5 sacks, 20 tackles for a loss, and four forced fumbles. He also blocked a punt and returned it 53 yards for a touchdown against Penn State. During his senior campaign, Clayborn made 52 tackles with 3.5 sacks, 7 tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, and one blocked kick. Throughout his collegiate career, Clayborn totaled 192 tackles with 37.5 tackles for a loss, 19 sacks, seven forced fumbles, eight passes patted down, and three blocked kicks. The former Iowa standout was a team captain in college and brings that same fire and energy to a young Tampa Bay football team.

Pewter Report will have more on this story throughout the day.

~ by Andrew Scavelli and Eric Dellaratta 

Last modified on Wednesday, 27 July 2011 17:51
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    I'M SORRY ALL THE BELOVED BUC FANS. AGAIN IAM 66 YRS OLD THIS SEPT. BUT IN ORDER TO HAVE A SWIGGER IN THERE PIRATE BLADE THEY MUST MAKE A BIG IMPRESSION IN 2011. NOT 2012,2013,2014. TODAY. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE TAMPA GO THROUGHT THE 2011 SCHEDULE LIKE SHERMAN MARCHING THRU GEORGIA! BUT TAMPA MUST GET MEAN AND DIRTY THIS YEAR. WHAT DOES A PIRATE SAY GIVE NO QUARTER. I SAY LET TAMPA BAY FROM DAY ONE IN TRAINING CAMP MAKE A STATEMENT. LETS GO BUCS DO THE JOB EVERYONE EXPECTS THEM TO DO. GO AFTER THE PLAYERS THE TEAM NEEDS. I KNOW THERE VERY YOUNGBUT ITS ABOUT TIME TO SHOW SOMETHING. A DIE-HEART BUC FAN GEORGE L HICKS64 HB PLANT GRADUATE
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    WHEN IS TAMPA GOING AFTER THE TOP VETERANS FA, WHY DIDN'T THEY GIVE FREE MORE MONEY THEN THE COWBOYS. TAMPA HAS OVER 60 MILLION DOLLARS IN SALARY CAP MONEY! IS TAMPA GOIN' TO LET THEE SO CAL BIG TEAMS GOING TO LAUGH AT THE BUCS AGAIN AND GET WHO THEY WANT! EXAMPLE THE REGGIS BUSH RB! WENT TO MIAMI, WHY NOT TAMPA! I SAY ROOKIES SIGNING GREAT WHAT HAS TAMPA DONE LATELY! LETS PUT $20 MILLION OFFER ON CB FROM OAKLAND. I SAY GET JOSEPH AND PAY THE REST OF THE BUCS FA VET. TAMPA AND GM LETS GETS AN IMPACT, IMPACT LIKE BARNETT LB. WE STILL NEED VET LEADERSHIP PLAYERS! I SAT WHY NOT BUCS!
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    I'd say at Tampa is getting these drafts picks into camp quickly.But what about the other 4 draft choices plus Joseph the OG!
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    In fairness to PR, they are not trying to be Florio, La Canfora or Schefter. They produce much more in-depth content and I appreciate the quality of their insights. No one else does what they do.
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    And once again PR is a day late and a dollar short. Why does all this news hit the national news first?
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    Quincy Black just agreed to a deal with the Bucs. 5 years, $29 million with $11.5 million guaranteed. Big contract. Bigger than most expected, that’s for sure.
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    Just ondering, but shouldn't we be hearing more rumors/plans......seems really dry on what should be a big week.
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    damn... there is no news comming out of one buc place!
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    The Bucs trying to sign Free over Trueblood speaks volumes on what they think of Trueblood. This validated my opinion of Trueblood.
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    I say its great, bring them all and sign them-go bucs
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    OK vets you better start playing much better now that you have the rookies "old money"! As was seen when Doug Free gets $17 mil gar, and $32 mill over 4 yrs? And we were trying to get him? I heard on Steve's show yesterday that we should expect some strange contracts coming and that was/is one of them. Now what about Trueblood? Davin already said he wanted him to stay, but after going after Free is he now gone? I know Mark knows what he is doing but time will tell with this new deal. Go Bucs...
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    With the new CBA what is the salary range for the 20th pick?
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    Oh yea, I am happy! Go Bucs!
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    Dominik isn't #^$&ing around with the time he has available before training camp starts. He came ready to play!
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    Mark D is the man. He said his goal is to get them ALL signed by Friday. The guy must not be sleeping this week.
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    Another hard worker; that will get tested this season. Great trivia question too; Who was the 1st rookie 1st rounder to sign a deal under the new CBA. 20 min. press conference with Dominik is worth the watch for any that haven't seen it. Dominik continues to impress with how forthright and decisive he is with this team. Spoiler Alert: he said point blank getting AC signed was a priority. That every minute more AC could be in the building with coaches was an advantage. He also said Bowers seems ready to go week 1.
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    Excellant!!!!!
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