The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were busy Friday morning. Management met with Rocky Arceneaux, the representative for restricted free agent left tackle Donald Penn in Indianapolis, at the Scouting Combine to inform him, that his client will have the highest possible tender placed on him based on the rules governing an uncapped season in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Penn, 26, started 44 of the 48 games he’s played in since joining the Bucs in 2006. With Penn tipping the scales at over 350-pounds last season There has been concerns, from within the organization over Penn’s commitment level.
Penn will make $3,168,000.00 million in 2010. If the Bucs fail to match any offer sheet, he signs with another team. The Bucs would receive a first and third-round draft picks as compensation.
In addition to tendering Penn, the team also placed tenders on four others: starting MLB Barrett Ruud (first and third round tender), RT Jeremy Trueblood (second round tender), and RB Carnell Williams essentially received a first round tender as the team has decide to pay him 110% of his salary from 2009. Speaking from the combine general manager Mark Dominik told reporters that the team will not tender contracts to wide receiver Brian Clark and linebacker Matt McCoy.
The Bucs are still deciding on whether or not to tender four others: receivers Maurice Stovall and Mark Bradley, fullback Byron Storer and linebacker Rod Wilson. According to the report the team has scheduled meetings with the agents for those players to inform them of their plans.
In Other News
The team has a scheduled meeting with Notre Dame junior wide receiver Golden Tate. Tate, 21, decide to forgo his final year of college eligibility and turn pro. Viewed as a late first to early second round prospect. The undersized 5-foot-10, 195 pounder amassed career totals of 157 receptions, 2,707 yards and 26 receiving touchdowns. He’s also had 13 100-yards games and two 200-plus yard games during his collegiate career.
Syracuse receiver Mike Williams, met with the Bucs and is telling anyone who will listen, that he didn’t quit on the Orangemen.
According to Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports.com, the Bucs or more importantly an individual within the rank and file are taking some heat for the line of question during Senior Bowl week of S Myron Rolle. Rolle who left FSU to study abroad as a Rhodes Scholar was asked what it felt like to be a deserter?
During a 45-minute interview before the Senior Bowl in January with seven members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers staff, including head coach Raheem Morris and general manager Mark Dominik, one member of the staff asked Rolle what it felt like to desert his team this season.
“I hadn’t heard that one before,” said Rolle, who pauses ever so slightly before answering to consider his thoughts. “My initial reaction was a bit of confusion. It never was anger, but I was more bothered by the question because if anyone knew my involvement with my teammates, how much they care about me and how much I care about them.”
Every team is going to scrutinize Rolle’s commitment to football, but to equate him to a deserter is utterly and morally outrageous. To think of a student or in this case an intellectual as a deserter is blasphemy. Rolle who is arguably one of the smartest, if not smartest student athletes in the draft had a once in a life time opportunity to further his education and took it.
I’m embarrassed, to say the least. That the team would allow an individual on it’s staff to stoop so low.
Some House Cleaning
A little house cleaning to take care. There are a few things taking place behind the scenes here at Bucs Central. While we can’t go into much detail concerning some of the talks taking place with Bucs Central and a major media news outlet, there could be good news in the coming weeks. Again, sorry for the delay in some of the news getting posted in a timely manner.