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Tampa Bay Buccaneers tell Donald Penn: Sign or get fined

TAMPA — The Bucs don't care if LT Donald Penn continues to miss voluntary workouts, but they really want to see his signature on a one-year tender.

Bucs GM Mark Dominik has warned Penn if he doesn't sign as a restricted free agent by Tuesday's deadline, the team will reduce his 2010 salary.

Penn, 27, 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 signs it before June 15," Dominik said Thursday. "I'm not asking Donald to show up … 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. I hope that Donald is one of them."

Penn, who has started 44 consecutive games at left tackle, has not participated in voluntary offseason workouts hoping to receive a long-term contract. Tampa Bay gave him the highest tender as a restricted free agent, meaning it would receive a first- and third-round pick if another team signs Penn to an offer sheet.

The Bucs' other restricted free agents — LB Barrett Ruud, RB Cadillac Williams and T Jeremy Trueblood — 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."

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

injury update: First-round pick Gerald McCoy suffered a hip strain in practice and left the field. The injury is not considered serious, but the defensive tackle did not return. WR Arrelious Benn also injured his leg, and DB E.J. Biggers sprained his ankle, but the Bucs weren't too concerned about those incidents, either. "We got a couple tweaks," coach Raheem Morris said. "I saw (McCoy) in the hall and he appears to be walking around chipper, smiling and the normal Gerald McCoy. He just didn't finish practice."

ONE HAND: Rookie WR Mike Williams made a spectacular one-handed catch for a TD. "As a coach, your job is to put people in position to make plays," Morris said. "And once the guys get into position to make plays, they make dynamic plays. And the dynamic ones they make, as coaches, we take credit for. Right now, I coached Mike Williams how to make that one-handed grab by myself, without the help of our receivers coach."

heat finally got to them: A pretty good fight broke out between LT Demar Dotson and rookie free agent DE James Ruffin. Players from both the offense and defense broke it up.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tell Donald Penn: Sign or get fined 06/11/10 [Last modified: Friday, June 11, 2010 9:19pm]

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