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Buccaneers sign safety Mark Barron

Updated: July 20, 2012, 8:41 PM ET
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed first-round draft pick Mark Barron to a five-year contract.

The hard-hitting safety from Alabama was the seventh overall selection after helping the Crimson Tide win the BCS championship last season. He's expected to become a starter for a team that allowed an NFL-high 494 points in 2011.

Barron was a two-time team captain at Alabama, where he appeared in every game over his final three seasons. The Crimson Tide led the nation ...

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