Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik and the agent for starting left tackle Donald Penn have been attempting to agree to terms on a long-term contract for the restricted free agent, but to no avail.
But that doesn't mean Penn won't play for the Buccaneers in 2009. That's because Tampa Bay has tendered Penn a contract that will force another team to surrender a first- and third-round draft pick if the Bucs decide to not match that's team's long-term contract offer to Penn.
Penn, 25, originally entered the league as an undrafted free agent with Minnesota. He has started 26 of the 32 games he's played in for the Buccaneers since the team acquired him as a free agent in 2006. That includes the 16 games he started at left tackle in 2008.
The two sides are expected to continue to work on a long-term deal for Penn, which would be the ideal scenario for the former Utah State product. In the meantime, Penn has until April 17 to sign the multi-million dollar one-year tender from the Buccaneers, who currently have approximately $65 million in salary cap room.