Mike James Signs Contract With Bucs

Mike James had to wait until the Tampa Bay Bucs' final pick in order to get drafted into the NFL. The former Ridge Community High and Miami Hurricanes running back did not wait that long to sign a contract.

James signed a four-year deal with the Bucs on Monday, ensuring the rookie will be at all workouts and training camp on time. Financial terms of the deal were not released.

When it comes to James, the Bucs have high expectations for the rookie.

Drafted in the sixth round, the Bucs expect the 5-foot-10, 223-pounder to compete for the lead back-up running back role. He also is expected to be a valuable member of special teams.

"He's a powerful player," said Bucs General Manager Mark Dominik after the team drafted James. "He's a big back. He does everything. What makes Mike so special is he can play on first, second, third and fourth down. He's very dependable; very trustworthy.

James started every game his senior season with Miami and played in 50 games overall. He ran for 1,386 total yards and 17 touchdowns during his career. He also added 67 catches for 585 yards and five scores during his time with the Canes.

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