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Bucs' restricted free agents still unsigned, but no one's worried -- yet



The Bucs extended offers to six restricted free agents, but even the passing of after yesterday's deadline for them to receive outside offer sheets, only one has signed his tender from the Bucs.

Outside of receiver Mark Bradley, none of the RFAs is technically signed, but it isn't something the club nor Bucs fans should sweat -- yet. The players' rights still belong to the Bucs. If they don't sign, they do not have the ability to play elsewhere. So, as a result, there's not currently any concern inside One Buc Place.

"I don’t know if anybody’s not going to sign his tender," general manager Mark Dominik said. "They just continue to hold on to their tender until we make a decision in the summer. There’s a lot of clubs out there right now that have restricted free agents who haven’t signed their tenders. Guys will continue to sign them as we move forward.

"From an RFA’s perspective, there’s no real benefit to signing the tender (right now). I’m not alarmed by this situation."

For the most part, the unsigned status of the RFAs hasn't impacted their ability or willingness to participate in voluntary offseason workouts. LB Barrett Ruud and others have been in attendance during the first few weeks of conditioning, for example.

Starting LT Donald Penn, however, has not and does not plan to show any time soon. He continues to be locked in a contract dispute with the team and has made no bones about wanting a long-term extension. His agent has made not-so-veiled threats that he'll demand a trade. But at the moment, the Bucs are taking a hands-off approach, not saying anything publicly about Penn's status.

But behind closed doors, you know the Bucs are at least a little concerned his absence could linger well into the summer, at which point, the team could be adversely affected.

The other unsigned RFAs not mentioned above are RB Cadillac Williams, WR Maurice Stovall and RT Jeremy Trueblood.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:59pm]


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