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First-rounder Barron signs five-year deal with Buccaneers

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7/20/2012 8:54:29 PM
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TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed first-round draft pick Mark Barron to a five-year contract.

The hard-hitting safety from Alabama was the seventh overall selection after helping the Crimson Tide win the BCS championship last season. He's expected to become a starter for a team that allowed an NFL-high 494 points in 2011.

Barron was a two-time team captain at Alabama, where he appeared in every game over his final three seasons. The Crimson Tide led the nation in rushing, passing, scoring and total defence a year ago when Barron was a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, presented annually to the nation's best defensive back.

The Bucs announced the signing Friday, a day after rookies reported for training camp. The first full-squad workout is July 27.

Mark Barron (Photo: Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

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