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Bucs warn Penn his offer will be reduced if he doesn't sign tender



Bucs general manager Mark Dominik has warned starting left tackle Donald Penn if he doesn't sign his tender as a restricted free agent by the June 15 deadline, the team will reduce his 2010 salary.

Penn is scheduled to earn $3.168-million next year. By exercising a club option to reduce his 2010 salary to 110 percent of what he made last season, Penn could lose about $100,000. .

Dominik informed Penn and his agent, Rocky Arceneau, of the team's intentions in a letter Thursday.

"It's a small reduction. Our hope and our intentions are obviously that Donald (Penn) signs it before June 15th," Dominik told reporters Thursday. "I’m not asking Donald to show up to OTAs or do anything other than be out in California like he has been doing. He is working out. He has himself in good shape. We have been out there a couple times to talk to him. We just talked to Rocky [Arceneaux] this morning and so I’m happy and proud of what Donald has done. In the league, over 85 percent of the restricted free agents have signed their tender and I am sure that that number will continue to grow and I hope that Donald is one of them.”

Penn, who has started 44 straight games at left tackle, has not participated in voluntary off-season workouts hoping to receive a long-term contract from the Bucs. Tampa Bay gave him the highest tender as an RFA, meaning they would receive a first- and third-round pick if another team signs Penn to an offer sheet.

The Bucs other RFAs -- linebacker Barrett Ruud, running back Cadillac Williams and tackle Jeremy Trueblood -- already have signed their tenders.

“Obviously, I have a fondness of Donald Penn," Dominik said. "I pulled him from Minnesota’s practice squad and I am proud of what he has done and I respect the position that he plays as well.”

Dominik indicated the club will fine Penn if he misses the mandatory minicamp later this month or does not report to training camp. Those fines are $15,000 per day.

Bucs coach Raheem Morris says he's in frequent contact with Penn.

"It's voluntary work.'' Morris said. "Me and Donald are in constant communication and we know what's going on here. Generally, Mark handles all the contract issues or whatever the situation may be and we hope to see him soon. When he gets out here, he'll be here. But right now, he's opened the door for guys to get reps and that's what you can control.

"Everything usually happens around here in a positive manner. I've got all the confidence in the world in Dominik and all the confidence in the world in Donald Penn that they'll get it resolved and I hope to see him soon.''     

[Last modified: Monday, July 19, 2010 2:41pm]


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