Bucs Agree To Terms With Rookie S Phillips

July 22 – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers agreed to terms with rookie safety Jermaine Phillips on Monday. Phillips, who Tampa Bay selected in the fifth round of April's draft, will sign a three-year contract with the Bucs.

Tampa Bay agreed to terms with its first 2002 draft selection on Monday when the Buccaneers signed safety Jermaine Phillips. The Bucs drafted the former Georgia Bulldog in the fifth round of April's draft and he will sign a three-year contract with the Bucs.

Phillips (6-1, 214) recorded 181 tackles, five interceptions, 14 pass defensed and six forced fumbles as a two-year starter. Phillips adds depth to both the strong and free safety positions.

The Bucs are expected to sign its remaining seven 2002 draft picks – wide receiver Marquise Walker, running back Travis Stephens, defensive end John Stamper, cornerback Tim Wansley, tight end Trace Wistrom, wide receiver Aaron Lockett and guard Zack Quaccia – before Tampa Bay reports to training camp on July 28.

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