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Trueblood agrees to pay reduction for guarantees to remain with team



Tackle Jeremy Trueblood was approached by the Bucs the day before training camp and given an offer he couldn’t refuse: take a $1-million pay reduction for 2012 in exchange for having a $4-million base salary guaranteed or be released, the Times confirmed.

Trueblood took the deal.

After hitting his play-time bonus last season, Trueblood could have earned as much as $5.25-million in salary and incentives this year. His deal now includes a guaranteed $4-million base salary and $250,000 in play time incentives, according to information on file with the National Football League Player’s Association.

Trueblood signed a two-year, $8-million deal prior to 2011 that included no signing bonus but plenty of incentives that could’ve increased his compensation by $1-million in 2012.

By all accounts, the sixth-year tackle from Boston College has had a solid training camp. Trueblood is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next March.

“I think when you’re an offensive tackle if it’s uneventful, it’s good,” coach Greg Schiano said of Trueblood. “So if you’re not getting called out for a holding penalty and you’re not getting whooped on a pass rush, that’s a good thing. I think what he’s done has been steady. He’s working his tail off, great attitude. So that’s what we need from him.”



[Last modified: Friday, August 3, 2012 5:54pm]


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