TAMPA, Fla. — Alabama All-American linebacker Keith McCants signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today that included a $2.5-million cash signing bonus, a newspaper reported.
McCants and the Buccaneers agreed to a five-year, $7.4-million deal, The Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register reported. The paper attributed its information to an unidentified source close to negotiations.
Tampa Bay officials would not immediately confirm the report.
McCants, a Mobile native who was taken fourth in last April's NFL draft, received a more lucrative contract than the second, third, fourth and fifth players drafted in 1989. That group includes Tony Mandarich and Barry Sanders.
McCants was elated over the contract, negotiated for him by his agent, Lance Luchnick.
"Everybody was saying I was going to hold out but I never thought about doing that. I want to play in the NFL," he said.