Allen still believes Plummer will play
Some people are harder to convince than others.
A week ago, Jake Plummer stood at the Denver Athletic Club, urged reporters to look into his eyes and hear his voice when he announced his plans to retire from the NFL.
Plummer, 32, had said as much on his website a week earlier after learning the Broncos had traded his rights to the Bucs.
He said as much over the telephone to Bucs coach Jon Gruden and general manager Bruce Allen.
Yet for some reason - Allen insists Plummer will not take a knee next season.
""I still believe he will play,'' Allen said Friday. "'In fact, I'm looking forward to talking to him again soon.''
Does Allen expect Plummer to play in Tampa Bay?
""Yes, that's why we traded for him, to play here,'' he said.
Plummer has three years remaining on his contract and the Bucs could force him to pay back $7-million in pro-rated signing bonus if he does not play in 2007. Tampa Bay will send a fourth round pick in 2008 if Plummer returns to the field by then. If not, they owe the Broncos a seventh round pick.
Allen would not comment on whether the Bucs intend to go after Plummer's signing bonus.
""I've never wanted to discuss individual players contracts before, so I won't now,'' Allen said. "'I expect him to play.''
But what about Jake's insistence that he's retired?
""Other Broncos quarterbacks have said they are retiring before and they didn't,'' Allen said.