Darby signs contract with Bucs

Tampa Bay finished off signing its second-day draft picks by agreeing to a contract with seventh-round pick Kenneth Darby.

Kenneth Darby made it six signed draft choices on Saturday when running back Kenneth Darby agreed to a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team announced.

The seventh-round draft choice out of Alabama is considered the top competitor to unseat Earnest Graham as the Bucs' No. 3 running back.

The former Crimson Tide back had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2004-05, rushing for more than 2,300 yards and scoring 11 touchdowns during that time. He earned all-Southeastern Conference first-team honors in 2005.

His numbers took a dip last season to 835 rushing yards, but he still averaged 4.0 yards per carry and caught 23 passes for 130 yard and a touchdown. In doing so he earned his second all-SEC second team selection (also in 2004).

He finished his collegiate career with 3,324 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns.

As a result of the signing, the Buccaneers released defensive tackle Justin Frick.

Darby's signing comes on the heels of fellow seventh-round pick Chris Denman's signing on Friday morning.

Tampa Bay now has all four first-day picks remaining to be signed — defensive end Gaines Adams, guard Arron Sears, safety Sabby Piscitelli and linebacker Quicky Black.


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