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LB Najee Goode signs four-year deal with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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May 4, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneer linebacker Najee Goode (50) and linebacker Lavonte David (54) work out during rookie mini camp at One Buc.   Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
May 4, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneer linebacker Najee Goode (50) and linebacker Lavonte David (54) work out during rookie mini camp at One Buc. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed not only cornerback Keith Tandy, but also fifth-round draft pick linebacker Najee Goode. The Bucs announced the signing of the two West Virginia players on their facebook page. Goode is expected to compete for a backup role at middle linebacker, and could vie for some playing time on running downs this season. As with every draft pick not in the first round, Goode signed a four-year deal.

Having signed their fifth, sixth and two seventh-round draft picks, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will move on to signing second-rounder linebacker Lavonte David, and first-rounders running back Doug Martin and safety Mark Barron. While David will ultimately sign a four-year contract, both Martin and Barron will sign four-year contracts with a fifth-year option which can be exercised by the team as mandated by the CBA. That option must be exercised after the player's third season in the NFL. For Barron, that option would equal the salary of a transition tender or the average of the top five salaries at his position in the NFL. Martin's salary would equal the average of the third through twenty-fifth highest salaries at his position in the NFL.