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Former UH running back Joey Iosefa signs 4-year deal

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    SPT - Hawaii running back Joey Iosefa (7) breaks through for a big gain during the second half of a college football game between the Washington Huskies and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Saturday
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Former University of Hawaii running back Joey Iosefa signed a four-year, $2.25-million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday. 

"It’s a dream come true," Iosefa said. "But it’s only the beginning."

The Buccaneers selected Iosefa in the seventh round of the National Football League draft on May 2. 

Iosefa agreed to a $68,000 signing bonus. Last year’s 231st draft selection —defensive end Ben Gardner by the Dallas Cowboys — received a signing bonus of $59,172.

Only the signing bonus is guaranteed. But Iosefa can earn up to $2,190,000 in salary if he is on the Buccaneers’ active roster for four seasons. The NFL minimum salaries for a player entering the league this year are $435,000 in 2015, $510,000 in 2016, $585,000 in 2017 and $660,000 in 2018.

Agent Aaron Gordon said Iosefa plans to make charitable donations in Hawaii and Tampa Bay. 

"Hawaii has done so much for Joey," Gordon said. "Joey wants to give back."

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