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February 24, 2011 @ 12:25 pm
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Bucs To Restrict Joseph, Hayward, Black, Trueblood

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Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times is reporting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to tag guard Davin Joseph as a restricted free agent. Via comments from Bucs general manager Mark Dominik, the team has tender letters for free agents with less than six years of experience. The group that will receive tender contracts include: right tackle Jeremy Trueblood, linebacker Quincy Black, and linebacker Adam Hayward.

That would give the Bucs the ability to match any contract to retain those players in free agency, and if they didn't match the contract a team would have to give Tampa Bay draft pick compensation. If those players hit free agency with the restricted designation it is unlikely they would be signed by another team. In the old deal, those players could sign a one-year tender and/or sign a long-term contract with Tampa Bay.

The restricted free agents across the NFL received little interest last year from other teams. Tampa Bay had linebacker Barrett Ruud, running back Cadillac Williams, left tackle Donald Penn, right tackle Jeremy Trueblood, among others as restricted free agents. All them played with the Buccaneers last season. Penn was the only player to sign a long-term contract. Ruud and Williams are entering unrestricted free agency after playing their sixth season with the Bucs.  

Due to the expiration of collective bargainning agreement, the NFL players union disputes that teams can designate players as franchise or restricted free agents or tender players one-year contracts. Most believe that if the union and league come to a new agreement players with four years of experience will be unrestricted free agents. That would make nullify the tender offers to Trueblood, Black, and Hayward. Joseph would probably be a restricted free agent. Tampa Bay could match any contract Joseph received from another team and if the Bucs didn't match the contract they would receive a first and third-round pick.
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    Horse, the Barber deal was a symbolic gesture that had to be done. They cannot afford to appear disrespectful or cheap with the last well-liked Buc icon after the purges of Brooks, Dunn, et. al. Many fans already believe the Glazers to be cheap or otherwise re-directing funds that should be spent on the Bucs - a feeling that I don't personally ascribe to, but nonetheless exist.
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    Stephen Holder at SPT is reporting that all eligible FAs got the RFA tag, including Stovall, White, and Crowder. This is a smooth move by Dominik/Glazers not to pay any more than the market will bear since they will only have to match any other offer if they choose to. This will hold all FAs in place until after the draft and new CBA, which will allow them to pick and choose which players the want to keep or discard. This is a smart move by management, but it is going to tick-off the players. They should be careful not to upset team chemistry with things going so well.
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    macabee, I agree with you, but i am wondering why they paid Barber 4 million. I am glad he's on our team, but 4 million was a lot. I just don't think that any other team would have come close to paying that amount for a 36 year old CB.
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    "Penn was the only player to sign a long-term contract. " Do you guys really have that much trouble reading?
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    Wow! Where is all this money coming from? I thought we were going to invest in our youger players? I don't get this at all? Please help me out fans.
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    The mention of Penn and the others in in reference to last off-season when they were "restricted" free agents, not now. Only Penn agreed to a long term deal last year but the others are now "unrestricted".
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    Donald Penn is under contract. Just another proof reading issue.
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    I thought Penn signed a multi year deal last year. Is he really a restricted FA?
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