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Bucs reportedly sent contract offer to cornerback

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Bucs have faxed a contract proposal to cornerback Ty Law, the St. Petersburg Times reported Thursday.

The Bucs are one of several teams that have expressed an interest in the veteran, including the Jaguars, Jets, Dolphins, Chiefs and Colts. It is not clear how feasible signing Law would be for the Bucs, who are trying to cut about $6 million from their payroll in order to sign draft picks. Further, the Bucs have retained their starting cornerbacks from last season -- Ronde Barber and Brian Kelly.

Barber, an All-Pro last season, has two seasons remaining on a six-year contract that will earn him $3.75 million in 2005. Kelly has four years remaining on his deal and is scheduled to earn $2.4 million in base salary this season. And Law might might seeking a contract that would exceed those deals.

Law was released by the Patriots in February after 10 years with the club. He played just seven games last season with one interception after fracturing his foot against the Steelers on Oct. 31. Law was scheduled to make more than $10 million in salary and incentives this season, the Times reported.

New York Jets: The Jets signed third-round pick
Sione Pouha on Thursday.

Pouha, a 6-foot-3, 325-pound defensive tackle, was a two-year
starter at Utah. As a senior, he finished with 35 total tackles,
three tackles for losses and two sacks.

He originally signed with Utah in 1997, then left for a
religious mission in Pittsburgh from 1998-2000. He received the
heroism award from the Mountain West Conference after rescuing a
woman from a smoke-filled apartment in 2002.

Cincinnati Bengals: Defensive lineman Jonathan Fanene, the team's seventh-round choice in this year's draft, has agreed to terms on three-year contract. The 233rd prospect chosen overall, Fanene is the first of the Bengals' seven picks to come to terms on a rookie deal.

Because the contract is not yet signed, complete financial details were not yet available, but it is known that Fanene will earn standard minimum base salaries of $230,000 (for 2005), $310,000 (2006) and $385,000 (2007). Based on the other seventh-round deals completed, the former Utah standout will likely get a signing bonus in the $35,000 range.

Fanene, 23, is expected to fill a swingman role for Cincinnati, logging snaps at defensive tackle and end. The native of American Samoa played in 22 games at Utah and recorded 28 tackles. At 6-feet-3 and 291 pounds, he is a solid anchor versus the run and has some bull-rush skills as well. Last season, Fanene returned an interception 76 yards for a touchdown.

--Len Pasquarelli