"I'm not the only one going through this restricted label right now,'' Ruud said. "It's frustrating, but it's something I knew was going to happen. I'm ready to have as good a year as possible and I'm ready to do as much as I can to prepare for that. For me, OTAs are helpful and I plan to be at every one of them.''
A year ago, Ruud bypassed the club's voluntary sessions in an effort to kick-start stalled negotiations on a new contract.
"I don't regret at all what I did last year,'' said Ruud, who did attend Tampa Bay's mandatory mini-camp last June. "I think it was the right thing for me to do. This year, being a part of our OTA program is the best way to go about it.''
Source: Ira Kaufman - Tampa Tribune
PewterReport.com's Take: Ruud will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2010 season, so he definitely wants to enter free agency off of a good season. The 2009 season was frustrating for Ruud and Tampa Bay as the team went 3-13 and had the worst run defense in the NFL. Ruud has faced criticism about 2009. The extension talks with the Bucs and Ruud have not been productive.