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Possibly upset over contract, Barrett Ruud still not talking



Always-accessible LB Barrett Ruud blew off reporters for a second straight day today as the Bucs completed their single practice this afternoon.

Ruud has been requested by media who wish to ask his reaction to the Bucs' decision to sign LT Donald Penn to a long-term contract, but Ruud continues to decline those requests. Today, he ran off the field, responding to me and another reporter by simply saying, "I don't got anything today, guys."

Asked if Ruud was upset about his lack of a contract extension -- he is playing on a one-year restricted free agent tender for $3.168 million -- coach Raheem Morris said, "You guys know Barrett. We're not going to manufacture drama." Morris said Ruud has been professional about the matter and hasn't shown any lack of effort on the field.

One thing seems clear: Penn's extension is not necessarily an indication that anyone else who seeks a new deal will get one.

General manager Mark Dominik said this on Saturday: "I think in any organization, you have to look at somewhat of a pecking order in terms of what you’re going to do for your organization. We certainly have a lot of excitement about Josh Freeman being our franchise quarterback. Donald Penn’s played really well over the last couple years and we’re excited to have him for six more."

In other words, Penn protects Freeman, and the Bucs value him accordingly.

[Last modified: Sunday, August 1, 2010 5:56pm]


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