Donald Penn refuses to sign RFA tender with Bucs

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been notoriously tight with their money over the last five seasons or so, and unless they pay left tackle Donald Penn, this might not end very well for them.

The veteran lynchpin for the offensive line has informed the team he will not sign the one-year tender he received as a restricted free agent for $3.168 million. The Bucs have said they intend to cut his pay, which is more symbolic than anything else because they can only lower it by about $100,000 by paying him 110 percent of his 2009 base salary. What we have here is a good ol’ fashion standoff.

Penn, according to Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times, said he is uncertain if he will attend minicamp, which kicks off Monday. Penn has boycotted the voluntary offseason workout program, and he is seeking the kind of longterm security that has been elusive for so many of the RFA’s this season.

“Obviously, I have a fondness of Donald Penn," Bucs general manager Mark Dominik said, per Stroud. "I pulled him from Minnesota’s practice squad and I am proud of what he has done and I respect the position that he plays as well.”

Nonetheless, Dominik intends to fine Penn whenever he can because he wants the player in attendance. Penn is a fine left tackle and it would seem to behoove the Bucs to get something done here. When teams reward their own players at the appropriate time, it sends a positive message throughout the locker room. It might be worth considering here, even for the miserly Bucs.

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