Keith McCants signed a five-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers yesterday. The Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register reported McCants, a former Alabama star and the fourth player drafted, will receive $7.4 million, including a record $2.5 million signing bonus.
Lance Luchnick, McCants's lawyer, said talks with Buccaneers administrator Phil Krueger escalated this week after McCants told him he needed a week to get ready before the Buccaneers open training camp on July 20.
McCants, who left Alabama after his junior year, was considered the top prospect in the draft before some teams questioned the soundness of his right knee. He had arthroscopic surgery two days after the draft. . . .
Gary Cuozzo, 22, a son of the former NFL quarterback of the same name, arranged to purchase cocaine in Miami, police said, and, instead, was robbed, killed and dumped in a public park in broad daylight. Two men are being held. Young Cuozzo, 22, lived in College Park. . . .
Ron Wooten, 31, nine-year veteran guard for the New England Patriots, gave up his comeback hopes after back surgery. He said he'll be able to live a normal life "as long as it doesn't involve lifting heavy things" such as "300-pound defensive linemen." He's not interested in coaching and is considering going into financial planning.