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- Gaines Adams Signs Six-Year Deal

Chris Pokorny July 26, 2007
Chris Pokorny
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When one high pick signs, other usually follow. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Gaines Adams agreed to a six-year deal on Tuesday after being selected with the fourth-overall pick in the draft. With the signing Thursday, Adams will be able to report to training camp on time. Ironically, now that the Buccaneers have signed their top pick, they still have two second round picks that they need to get signed - offensive guard Arron Sears and safety Sabby Piscitelli.

"I wanted to come in on the first day, get acclimated and let them know I'm here with them," Adams stated.

Adams' agent, Fletcher Smith, stated that Adams had no problems about being the first high draft pick to sign.

"Sometimes waiting can hurt you," Smith said. "You have an idea of where you want to be. If you can't get there, then you wait."

Adams recorded 12.5 sacks last season, and hopes to make an immediate impact with the Buccaneers defense. At the moment, he does not have a starting role, but will compete with veteran Simeon Rice for the job. Here is Adams' scouting profile from before the draft:

Positives: Versatility is the key when it comes to Gaines Adams, who can fill all of the ideal roles as a pass-rushing defensive end. Adams has a tremendous burst at the snap of the ball and has long arms to get around the tackles. He has shown the ability to drop back into coverage well to go along with his tendencies of getting to the quarterback. If he is drafted by a team with a 3-4 defense, he can be shifted to outside linebacker in certain packages. Adams is bound to cause disruption for an opposing team, and is ready to step right in to a starting role.

Negatives: Adams has the frame to get bigger, but still needs to add some weight. Although he's a great pass rusher, he needs to work on his ability to defend the run. Because his game usually stems from the vision of getting to the quarterback, he may have troubles breaking away from offensive linemen when he's trying to bring down a running back, forcing him to be one-dimensional. Sometimes, his willpower to get to the quarterback will ultimately cost him to bite on plays involving fakes.

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