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Buccaneers sign Kenyatta Walker

TAMPA, July 26 -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed offensive tackle Kenyatta Walker, their first-round pick in this year's draft, to a five-year contract Thursday.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Walker will be available for the start of training camp Sunday.

"Every year, our No. 1 objective from a signing standpoint is to ensure that your rookies are signed and ready to go on the first day of training camp," general manager Rich McKay said. "Given our plan for Kenyatta this year, that goal took on higher importance."

Walker was the first offensive lineman selected by Tampa Bay in the first round since Charles McRae in 1991. The Buccaneers moved up seven spots to select Walker 14th overall as they swapped first-round picks with the Buffalo Bills, also trading away their second-round pick.

A first team All-America, Walker has an opportunity to start at left tackle, where the Buccaneers had some problems last season as Pete Pierson and George Hegamin platooned on the left side.

Walker left Florida after his junior season as he developed into an exceptional pass blocker. Last year, he won the Jacobs Award as the top offensive lineman in the Southeastern Conference.

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