Buccaneers general manager Bruce Allen has never had a rookie holdout during his tenures in Oakland and Tampa Bay.
That streak was kept intact Thursday when Tampa Bay signed 2007 first-round pick, defensive end Gaines Adams, to his rookie contract on the same day the players and coaches were reporting to Celebration Hotel for the start of training camp.
PewterReport.com has learned that Adams signed a six-year contract with the Buccaneers.
Adams, who was the fourth overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, was the highest draft pick in his class to ink a deal with his respective team.
"We didn't mind being first," said Flether Smith, who serves as Adams' agent. "Despite the fact that the first three guys haven't gone yet, we knew where we wanted to be. Sometimes waiting can hurt you because now you are worried about the slots. By going first, we don't have to worry about the slots.
"I think [Gaines] has shown that he wants to be here, wants to get here on time and wants to work."
According to Adams, his goal was to get into camp on time.
"It was very important," said Adams. "The main reason why is to just earn the respect of the coaches and the players. That's the main thing. I wanted to come in on the first day and work hard with my team. I want to let them know that I'm here with them and I'm ready to work hard.
"I wanted to get it done before anybody else and I wanted to be in before anybody else. My agent Flether and I came upon an agreement and we got it done."
The fourth overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, Adams made a name for himself at Clemson by recording 28 career sacks and a school-record 66 quarterback pressures.
The 6-foot-5, 258-pound Adams is expected to compete for playing time at right defensive end with Simeon Rice.
Shortly after Tampa Bay selected Adams in the draft, Bucs head coach Jon Gruden said he wanted Adams to lead the league in effort. Adams will need to accomplish that feat if he's going to unseat Rice, who has recorded 121 career sacks, for a starting job as a rookie.
There's also a chance that Adams will compete for playing time at left end. Adams said he doesn't have a preference in terms of where he plays. He just wants to play football.
"I'm not worried about that," said Adams. "I'm just coming in and working hard. Wherever Coach Kiffin and Coach Gruden want me, that's where I'll play."
The Bucs have two draft picks — guard Arron Sears and safety Sabby Piscitell — still unsigned.
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