Bucs to Plummer: Pay up
Don't plan on seeing Jake Plummer in a Bucs uniform anytime soon.
The Bucs, in tandem with the Broncos, have filed a grievance against Plummer for the return of a prorated portion of his signing bonus for a breach of contract. It's a move that effectively ends any chance Plummer will play for the Bucs.
Plummer was traded from Denver to Tampa Bay in March but said at the time he planned to retire from the NFL. However, the Bucs own his rights and contract and believe they have the right to recoup money paid to Plummer in a lump sum after he signed his contract because he did not fulfill the five-year commitment.
The Bucs continued to hold out hope Plummer would report. Coach Jon Gruden traveled to the player’s native state of Idaho to make a face-to-face appeal over the summer but Plummer didn't budge. Once the start of training camp came and Plummer didn't show, the Bucs pretty much decided to take advantage of the remedies available to them.
The teams are seeking a sum of about $7-million, but the matter will have to go through arbitration to be settled. That likely will take several months.
The Broncos are believed to have joined forces with the Bucs to avoid questions as to whether the Bucs have a legal standing to pursue money that originally was paid by the Broncos. It’s possible the teams have an agreement under which the Broncos would send their portion of any recouped money to Tampa Bay.