Black signs four-year deal

With less than 72 hours until players are set to report to the team hotel in Celebration, the Buccaneers ensured that third-round pick Quincy Black will be there by signing him to a four-year deal.'s National NFL Reporter Adam Caplan has informed that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed third-round pick LB Quincy Black Quincy Black, to a four-year contract on Tuesday.

The deal comes with a signing bonus of $825,000, and base salaries of $285,000 in 2007, $370,000 in 2008, $460,000 in 2009 and $550,000 in 2010.

The Buccaneers announced the signing Wednesday morning. To make room for Black the Buccaneers released Nebraska quarterback Zac Taylor.

Black, out of New Mexico, was an All-American honorable mention by College Football News and a first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection.

Black is the first of four Day 1 draft picks to sign with the Bucs. Three selections remain to sign — first-round pick Gaines Adams, along with second-round picks Arron Sears and Sabby Piscitelli.

Calls to the agents for Adams and Pistcitelli on Monday were not returned.

Matthew Postins covers the Buccaneers for and the Charlotte Sun-Herald in Port Charlotte, Fla. He is a member of the Pro Football Writers Association. Included among his more than two dozen writing and editing awards are national awards from the PFWA, the National Newspaper Association and the Associated Press Sports Editors, and state awards from the Florida Press Club and the Florida Sports Writers Association, for his coverage of the Buccaneers since 2004.

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