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Buccaneers Get 300 Pounds Heavier: Sign Xavier Fulton

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IJune 11, 2009

TAMPA, FL - MAY 01:  Offensive tackle Xavier Fulton #68 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers works out during the Buccaneers Rookie Minicamp at One Buccaneer Place on May 1, 2009 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are now 300 pounds heavier on the roster as they signed fifth-round draft pick Xavier Fulton, an offensive lineman from Illinois.

Fulton, a 6-5, 300-plus pound offensive tackle, will be there to add depth to the offensive line as he'll be taught to play both left and right tackle.

Fulton signed a four-year deal and should be ready for training camp after recovering from a shoulder injury.

The team can now turn its attention to the other draft picks, including first-round selection Josh Freeman.

Freeman was selected a spot higher than was Joe Flacco last year. Flacco's contract contained less than $9 million in guaranteed money but the Raven's rookie collected more than $3 million in incentives from his performance a year ago.

It shouldn't be an overwhelming task to have all the draft picks signed by the August 1 opening of training camp.

Next key date for the team is the June 16-18 mini-camp that is designated "mandatory" for all players.

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