Jake Plummer update
I've been asked a couple times about the status of things with the Jake Plummer case.
Here's the latest: the players' union has filed a denial on Plummer's behalf. This basically outlines why the union believes Plummer should not have to repay the roughly $7-million in prorated signing bonus for not fulfilling his contract.
The case will at some point be assigned to an arbitrator who will hear arguments and make a decision. That could take a while. In the Keenan McCardell case, in which the Bucs recovered $1.5-million in 2005, it took about a year after the filing of the grievance for the decision to be made.
Remember, the Bucs seem to have strengthened their case by getting the Broncos on board, too. Denver, which actually paid Plummer the money, traded the provisions of the contract to Tampa Bay along with Plummer. But the Bucs are covering all the bases by joining with Denver in the grievance, thereby addressing any argument over whether they have legal standing in the case.
If the Bucs win they could see some salary-cap relief. In the McCardell case, $1-million of the recovered money went back to the following season's cap. This case could provide an even bigger windfall.