After taking a sabbatical of sorts from football over the last few weeks to catch up on the old honey do list and with the air soon to be filled with the sites and sounds of violent collisions from helmets cracking and the muddled sounds of shoulder pads slamming in to one another as the team reports for training camp on Friday, and takes to the practice fields at One Buc Place Saturday, for their first training camp practice to kickoff the 2010 season. I figured it was time to start concentrating on what’s most important this time of year. You know football, so let’s get to the latest news.
As by now, I am sure everyone has heard the team agreed to a four-year deal with second round pick Arrelious Benn Wednesday leaving them with only Gerald McCoy and Cody Grimm still unsigned.
Speaking of McCoy, it seems the team and general manager Mark Dominik are struggling with the overall length of the deal and whether or not to lock McCoy up for fives or six-years according to Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times.
“We’re still internally wrestling between a five and six year deal,” Dominik said. “It’s always difficult when you’re at the top of the first round. You’ve got to make a decision which is better for you and the club. That’s difficult enough as it is. Then you have issues like how you structure the contract, how to pay everything out. That can take a little time. There’s so many moving parts to top five, top 10 deals. It makes them more difficult.
“But at the end of the day, every year these deals do get done on time for the most part.”
It’s somewhat surprising to hear Dominik come out and say that the team is debating whether to make it a five or six-year contract. Considering McCoy’s age would be 27, if the team signed him to five-year deal and 28 if it’s a six-year deal. One would think that locking a player as talented as McCoy up for an extra year and the ability to spread monies over that extra year would be far more enticing to the Bucs considering the uncertainty of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
In Other News
The team continues to take a hard line stance with restricted free agent left tackle Donald Penn, as they have no plans too talk to Penn before Friday.
In what’s becoming the norm with the NFL and lotteries across America. The Florida lottery and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced a partnership for a Bucs themed scratch-off game. The game will be available statewide in early August.
Rick Brown of The Ledger.com surmises that this years Bucs training camp will have a different vibe.