Raheem Morris believes Donald Penn will show up

Call it a hunch. Call it a hope. Call it whatever you want. Raheem Morris believes Donald Penn will be in place at his familiar left tackle position when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers kick off training camp.

"I've got a feeling he'll come up and play,” Morris told the St. Petersburg Times. “And I can't wait until he does.”

It makes sense if the Bucs can work something out with Penn, a lot of sense. To this point, he’s refused to sign his tender offer as a restricted free agent that was worth $3.168 million before the team reduced it but about $100,000. Penn needs to play and the Bucs need him. They don’t have any viable options on the roster behind Penn. More importantly, general manager Mark Dominik needs to smooth over a delicate situation. Not only did he essentially call Penn a slob in front of season-ticket holders at a team-sponsored event, he also lied publicly about fining Penn for skipping minicamp when it wasn’t an option for the team. Those stunts are only going to give Penn some leverage.

So when will Penn come in?

"I can't answer that question," Morris said. "I'm not his agent, I'm not Donald, I'm not anybody that's going to help make his decision. But I'll wait and anticipate that he will be (here)."

It makes too much sense not to happen.

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