Looks as if the Bucs and running back Earnest Graham have come to terms on a new deal that will pay him well enough to be considered the teams feature back in 2008. Adam Schefter of NFL Network is reporting that Graham and the team have agreed to terms on a four-year deal worth $11 million. The back had stated several times he felt that the deal would get done by training camp.
Last season Graham saved the Buccaneers running game after Cadillac Williams and Michael Pittman both suffered injuries. He ran for 898 yards and 10 touchdowns, and pulled in 49 catches for 324 yards. The team has gotten good reports about Williams for a return this season, but the team coming off a South title a season ago cannot stand pat and hope that he comes back 100 percent.
The signing of Graham is a solid move for Tampa Bay. Now will they will likely turn their attention to QB Jeff Garcia, who has been balking about wanting a new deal. I would not think that Garcia would hold out if he doesn’t get a new deal, but the team likely wants to avoid any conflict during training camp.