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July 30, 2011 @ 8:34 pm
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Ruud Agrees To Terms With Titans On One-Year Deal

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Scott Reynolds

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Just days after Bucs general manager Mark Dominik indicated the team may not re-sign Barrett Ruud, the middle linebacker agrees to terms with Tennessee on a one-year deal. Tampa Bay will likely have Tyrone McKenzie or rookie Mason Foster start at MLB in 2011.
The Barrett Ruud era in Tampa Bay is officially over after the former Bucs middle linebacker agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Tennessee. Terms were not disclosed, but the free agent market apparently bottomed out for the seventh-year pro after general manager Mark Dominik strongly indicated before training camp that the team was prepared to move in another direction. Dominik heaped praise on Mason Foster, the team's third-round pick in 2011, who was the first member of this year's Tampa Bay draft class to sign a contract.

Bucs head coach Raheem Morris has also cited third-year pro Tyrone McKenzie as a candidate to start. McKenzie, a former University of South Florida product who was a third-round pick by the New England Patriots in 2009, has been the starting middle linebacker since Bucs training camp began on Friday. McKenzie joined the Bucs last year at midseason after leaving New England and landing on Tampa Bay's practice squad. A late-season injury to linebacker Quincy Black prompted the team to sign McKenzie to the active roster where he recorded five special teams tackles and three tackles on defense over the last three games of the season.

Morris called both McKenzie and Foster "thumpers" during Friday's press conference, and Ruud had his share of critics in the media and among the fans who criticized him for not being physical enough. The Bucs run defense has suffered over the past two seasons, ranking 32nd in the NFL in 2009 and 27th in the league last year. Some of the blame has been placed on Ruud, and one member of the Bucs' front office told PewterReport.com that the organization had him ranked 19th out of the league's starting middle linebackers. By accepting only a modest one-year deal two days into free agency, it appears that view is also held by other teams around the NFL.

Ruud was a second-round draft pick of the Bucs in 2005 out of Nebraska. After spending a few seasons behind Shelton Quarles, the 6-foot-2, 241-pound Ruud earned the starting position in 2007 and has started in all but one game since that time.

In 2009, Ruud had his best season as a pro. He had a career-high 205 tackles that season, which ranks second all-time in Bucs history behind Hardy Nickerson (214). He also had eight passes defensed, one interception, one forced fumble that year.

In 2010, Ruud seemed to regress a bit. He had trouble shedding blocks and making stop near the line of scrimmage and as a result finished with just 161 tackles, 44 shy of his 2009 total. However, he did make more splash plays than the previous season and finished with four passes defensed, two sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception.

Ruud, 28, owns the Bucs record for most tackles in a three-year span with 552 from 2007-2009, a list that is dominated by former linebacker and legend Derrick Brooks. In his six years with Tampa Bay, Ruud has amassed 787 tackles, five sacks, six forced fumbles, six interceptions, and 21 passes defensed.

– Charlie Campbell and Wolf Heard contributed to this report
Last modified on Saturday, 30 July 2011 20:58
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    Ruud aint reading yalls posts so stop saying goodbye. He's gone and we have plenty of guys to take his position and run with it. I think after about 8 games this season everyone will see how much better are D is without him. Get over it.
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    It just shows you, that he is not asgood, as some people think. JUST A ONE YEAR DEAL. WILL NOT BE MISSED,AND WILL NOT BE A PRO-BOWLER EIITHER. LMAO
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    Barrett is a good guy, I wish him well.
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    Good guy. Lined up players, that will be missed. Always though he would be a good strong safety to help on run support
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    Good luck Mr. Ruud.....thank you for your dedication on the feild. I would have liked to see you stay but I guess it wasn't to be....I am sure both sides were at fault to some degree but that no longer matters. I make a few Titans games (they are close) so maybe I will make one and sport your number in respect. GO BUCS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let's move on now.
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    Well finally the media and many fans won't have Ruud to kick around anymore. I think the Titans got a great deal which I believe the Buc's simply missed. His coach, His teamates, and His Coordinator were behind him. No he was not Ray Lewis, but he was the Top tackler on the team and while he made many of those tackles downfield, his defensive line couldnt stop my mother-in-law. He knew the system and was a leader. Our defense just got weaker by losing those intangibles. I hope the new guys perform well or Mr Dominik is going to have egg on his face. Ruud was a credit to his team and I wish him the best.
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    Very well put and Totally Agree.... I especially agree about the mother-in-law comment.
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    Those of you that are saying "Good Riddance" come on guys, he was always a class act, and he has been a well liked player and a great leader. Meanwhile, the same people that are giving attitude toward him and saying things like "It's about time" are the same people that are ready to welcome back players like Aqib Talib and Tanard Jackson with open arms. Have some standards people! Ruud, great knowing you, and thank you for your service. Good luck with your new home, and I hope you have a great career (but you can feel free to bomb when you play the Bucs.)
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    Sad to see BR go. The inexperience worries me but in the long run this will speed up their development. Had high hopes for a playoff run this year so I hope this won't be the one thing that prevents them from achieving it. My early favorites for starters are Foster, McKenzie & Black (overpaid).
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    Thank you for being a class act Barrett.. Best wishes
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    I hope for the best for you Barrett. Thank you for your years here in Tampa.
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    I’m not having palpitations because Ruud is leaving and I fully expect for him to do just fine at the Titans. The Bucs did not blindside Ruud and Ruud did not turn his back on his team. This has been going on for a couple of years and has finally come to an end. And likewise, the Bucs are going to make the necessary adjustments and continue in it’s quest to rebuild their team, and I expect them to play very well without him. This is football, happens every season, and this season is no exception. Practically every team in the league is restructuring in one way or another. It’s exciting!! The Bucs will have some growing pains, but they were going to have those whether Ruud left or not. I think we are going to be pleasantly surprised at how well our young team performs this year. I’m looking forward to it!!
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    A simple one year contract speaks loudly. I wish Ruud well but I think the last two seasons his style of play reflected a player trying to not get hurt.
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    The perennial leading tackler in Tampa is gone. No proven guy in the middle. I have very little to complain about in personel decisions in Tampa in the last three yrs, but I don't like this.
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    I think Ruud would make the pro bowl as a SLB
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    One thing you cannot deny was the intelligence that Ruud displayed in the middle of our defense. While we may loose a little of that now that he is gone, we have gained everything else we need in a MLB. I believe that Tyrone Mackenzie really has what it takes. He is very intelligent and has shown leadership skills that surpass his year and a half in the organization. He will be able to make all the audibles by the time the season starts. Luckily we have strong leaders on each end of the D. Geraldini and Ronde will not let mistakes happen even if Mackenzie isnt quick enough to make a defensive adjustmant before the snap. Everything is going to work out. Doms plan is unfolding nicely. Look at the eagles... yeah maybe they win this year... then what... they arent a team. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, thats a team. Championships are not won through free agency. Love the Bucs baby!
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    The final straw with Ruud was not showing up to any of the player organized activities. Dominik had clearly had enough and frankly so had I. I think he got his feelings hurt after the 2008 season and he never got over it. Like the other posters stated, it was time to move on.
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    Bye bye Ruud. Don't let the door hit you where the good lord split you!You proved last year why we won't miss you.
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    I think we'll be fine. In general, the idea (as I understand it) is to simplify the defense overall (front four will attack vs. read and react) which will lower the need for complex audibles on defense. I have no animosity towards Ruud, he gave his best and was always a team player - I wish him luck (unless he's across the field from the Bucs).
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    Best wishes Ruud....good luck to you....thanks for your service...
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    At least all the teams who play him will know where to run. The report I read at at 8:37 said the market was bad for him and this was about all he could get because he was bad against the run. I don't thing this D will fall apart because there was only one person who could call audibles!! I think we have a few more that have that much brains!!!
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    Thanks for the years of service Rudd but I think it was time to move on.
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    Barret like Quincy Black you are a good guy but you are just average on your best day. I still cant believe we gave all that money to Black. Good luck Rudd
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    I think this could end up hurting us this year, but hopefully will pay off in the long term. Maybe Black or the SS jones will be able to call the audibles?
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