Ruud says Bucs contract stance is 'disappointing'
Linebacker Barrett Ruud arrived at the Bucs' mandatory minicamp Tuesday saying he's 'disappointed,' there have been no talks on a new contract.
Ruud also said he is undecided whether he will report to training camp on time.
"I'm sort of taking it day by day,'' he said.
Ruud, who is in the final year of a deal that will pay him a base salary of about $1.6-million in 2009, confirmed he decided not to participate in the 14 Organized Team Activities in hopes of igniting contract talks.
"I'd like to be here a long time,'' Ruud said Tuesday. "I'd like to be with the Buccaneers. I've really enjoyed the organization. It's a first-class organization and a great community and I like my teammates. So I'd like to be here a long time. So in that respect, yeah, I'm disappointed that it hasn't progressed.''
The reason for Ruud's absence from the voluntary workouts?
"I was hoping to kind of speed things up, speed things along,'' Ruud said.
Ruud said he is in pretty good shape but has some catching up to do on the new scheme under defensive coordinator Jim Bates.
"I still have a pretty good concept of the defense,'' Ruud said. "I'm a little bit behind my teammates but I'm happy where I'm at.
"That's pretty much it. I decided to work out on my own. The OTA's are voluntary. They're obviously highly encouraged but I chose just to stay and work out on my own. I was back at Nebraska at the university working out with a few college guys. They kept me busy and made sure I was in shape.''
According to Ruud, the Bucs are unwilling to even engage in discussions about a contract extension.
"Basically, there hasn't been much for discussion,'' Ruud said. "I really don't know. All I can control is what I do on the field. All I can do is worry about playing as good as I can and I'd like to think that everything would take care of itself. That's to be seen, I guess.''
"I'm glad I'm here today and I'm glad I'm getting this work in with my teammates, to end the off-season program, to end Raheem (Morris') first off-season program. So I think it will be a good couple days of work here.''