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Bucs plan to discuss Morris contract extension within the next two weeks



Raheem Morris may be disappointed about not making the playoffs despite a 10-6 record, but the youngest coach in the NFL figures to still reap some rewards.

General manager Mark Dominik said he will meet with the Bucs' coach and the Glazer family within the next few weeks to discuss Morris' contract situation.

The Bucs can exercise their option for 2011 on Morris' orginal agreement, but the team plans to attempt to sign him to a multi-yuear extension soon. 

"Coach and I will sit down and go through the whole season, what it felt like, and we’ll take care of the business,'' general manager Mark Dominik said Monday "But we’ll handle it like a family would. We’ll handle it internally to take care of it.

"It’s like everything else, I’m not a big rush into everything guy. I like to let it breathe a little bit. Today is going to sting, I can guarantee you it’s stinging for coach Morris right now and it’s stinging. It’s going to take a few days to walk away from 10-6 and see the best part of 10-6 instead of the frustrating part of 10-6. That’s the same way I want to do that with our staff as we go through free agency. I want a couple days of that buffer, or an entire week. It might take a little bit of time to do everything in the best interest of the entire organization.

“I’ll spend some time with ownership, absolutely. I’ll sit down with them and talk to them about the direction of the club and just the direction of the entire building and what all went on in 2010 and then turn the page to 2011.''

The Bucs also had an option for 2011 on Dominik's contract. But the Glazers already have begun talks about an extension for Dominik, although nothing has been finalized.

Dominik would not comment on his contract situation.

"I'll keep that between me and ownership,'' Dominik said. "I wouldn’t want to comment on it.''


[Last modified: Monday, January 3, 2011 12:33pm]


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