With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ at a real contract impasse with starting left tackle Donald Penn, who wants a long-term contract extension, many are watching closely as the situation unfolds. Penn, 28, who has started 44 games at left tackle has sat out the entire offseason in the hopes of landing a long-term contract refused to sign his $3.168-million tender and the Bucs exercised their option to reduce the offer to 110 percent of his 2009 salary, a loss of about $100,000 thousand dollars.
Penn, who attended Fanfest has acknowledged there’s a small fire burning between him and the teams’ general manager, Mark Dominik but is hopeful, that there won’t be more gasoline thrown on it.
While Penn has not decided whether or not he’ll report to training camp on time, he doesn’t plan or want to miss training camp either, but will defer to his agent, Rocky Arceneaux as there has been little to no talks between his agent and the Bucs on a long term contract.
With the team wanting to build around potential franchise quarterback Josh Freeman, Penn posed a question to members of the media about where the team should start. Then subsequently went on to answer his own question, as he told those in attendance “It isn’t like I haven’t proven myself. Even when I was so-called overweight, I still shut down the best of the best all year.”