Running back Earnest Graham will be a happy camper when the Buccaneers report to Celebration Hotel for the start of training camp on July 25.
That's because the Bucs have rewarded Graham, 28, for his 2007 performance, which saw him rush for 898 yards (4.0 avg.) and 10 touchdowns and catch 49 passes for 324 yards in place of injured running backs Cadillac Williams and Michael Pittman.
Graham, who originally entered the NFL as a 2003 undrafted free agent out of Florida, has signed a three-year contract extension worth $10.5 million, according to NFL.com.
Bucs general manager Bruce Allen and Graham's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, met in Tampa on Sunday to hammer out the new deal, which has Graham under contract with the Bucs through the 2011 season.
Graham is expected to be Tampa Bay's primary ball carrier in 2008 while Warrick Dunn and Michael Bennett are used as situational-type players.
The Bucs are also optimistic that Williams, a 2005 first-round draft pick, will be able to return to action at some point this season after suffering a torn patellar tendon in Week 4 of the 2007 season.
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