The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have another member of their 2009 NFL Draft class under contract after signing wide receiver Sammie Stroughter to his rookie contract Friday.

Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available, but sources have told PewterReport.com that Stroughter inked a four-year contract that includes escalators in the final year of his deal.

The Bucs had already signed another seventh-round pick, tackle Xavier Fulton, to a four-year contract earlier this offseason.

To make room for Stroughter on their offseason roster, the Bucs released WR Amari Jackson, as well as linebacker Jamaal Johnson and cornerback Evan McCollough.

Stroughter, who was impressive in offseason workouts before he missed Tampa Bay's mandatory mini-camp with a hamstring injury, was the 233rd overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. He played collegiately at Oregon State, catching 164 passes for 2,653 yards and 14 touchdowns while missing playing time due to a lacerated kidney and depression.

However, the 5-foot-9, 191-pound Stroughter rebounded as a senior, catching 70 passes for 1,040 yards and seven touchdowns, earning first-team All-Pac-10 honors.

The Bucs are still working on signing the rest of their 2009 NFL Draft class, including quarterback Josh Freeman (first round), defensive tackle Roy Miller (third round), defensive end Kyle Moore (fourth round) and cornerback E.J. Biggers (seventh round).

 

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