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Bucs sign paralyzed player

To put it mildly, Rutgers’ Eric LeGrand was surprised when his former coach called to let him know the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were interested in signing the paralyzed defensive tackle.

“It came out of nowhere,” LeGrand said Wednesday after the Bucs announced what Greg Schiano described as a “small gesture” to recognize LeGrand’s “character, spirit and perseverance.”

Schiano left the Scarlet Knights for the Bucs in January, but the first-time NFL head coach has remained in contact with LeGrand and his family.

“It’s a symbolic gesture. They can’t give me any money with the salary cap and all that kind of stuff,” LeGrand said. “It’s symbolic, something Coach wanted to do and I appreciate that. It just shows the man that he is.”

Around the league

VIKINGS: Minnesota cornerback Chris Cook says he is working to regain his teammates’ trust after missing 10 games last year because of a trial on charges of domestic assault. Cook, a former standout at the University of Virginia, played the first six games last season before being arrested on two felony assault charges for an altercation with his girlfriend.

BILLS: Buffalo receiver David Nelson describes free agent quarterback Vince Young as looking in great shape during his workout for the team. Young was not re-signed by the Philadelphia Eagles after completing a one-year contract.

RAIDERS: Matt Leinart is back in a familiar role as Carson Palmer’s backup at quarterback. Oakland signed Leinart to a one-year contract Tuesday, giving them two former Heisman Trophy winners from Southern California at quarterback. Oakland signed offensive lineman Ed Wang. a former standout at Virginia Tech. Wang has played in six career games, all with the Buffalo Bills in 2010. He was waived-injured by the Bills last season.