Tampa Bay Signs Rookie WR Walker To 3-Year Deal

July 26 - Tampa Bay wide receiver Marquise Walker, who was the Buccaneers 2002 third-round draft selection, agreed to a three-year contract with the Pewter Pirates on Friday. Walker was Bucs head coach Jon Gruden's first draft selection in Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay signed another draft pick on Friday when the Buccaneers agreed to terms on a three-year contract with third-round pick WR Marquise Walker.

The 6-foot-2, 213-pound Walker set school records with 86 catches for 1,143 yards (13.3 avg.) and 11 touchdowns in 2001, surpassing the efforts of predecessor David Terrell, who had 1,130 yards in 2000. He holds the Wolverines' career record with 176 catches, topping the previous mark held by Anthony Carter (161).

The Buccaneers inked fifth-round draft pick safety Jermaine Phillips and seventh-round selection cornerback Tim Wansley to contracts earlier in the week.

Tampa Bay has signed five of its 2002 draft picks on Friday and TE Tracey Wistrom is the only rookie that remains unsigned. The Buccaneers plan to have all its draft picks under contract before the team reports to training camp on July 28.

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