TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ The Tampa Bay Buccaneers locked another key player into a long-term contract on Monday, signing cornerback Donnie Abraham to a five-year extension that runs through the 2002 season.

Abraham, 24, was heading into the final year of a contract he signed as a rookie in 1996.

The third-year pro is the first player in franchise history to have at least five interceptions in each of his first two seasons. He also had two interceptions during a playoff loss to Green Bay last winter.

``We're doing everything we can to try to build this team for the long run, and that wouldn't have been complete without Donnie,'' general manager Rich McKay said. ``Quality cornerbacks are not easy to come by in the NFL, and Donnie is that plus a fine young man.''

Since the start of last season, the Bucs have either re-signed or extended the contracts of eight other starters _ quarterback Trent Dilfer, defensive tackles Warren Sapp and Brad Culpepper, linebacker Derrick Brooks, receiver Karl Williams, offensive lineman Jorge Diaz, and safeties John Lynch and Charles Mincy.