Tampa Bay Pro Bowl cornerback Ronde Barber will have to wait to celebrate a contract extension with the Bucs until he actually signs one.
According to FoxSports.com, Barber, who is entering the final year of his contract, had agreed late Monday evening to a five-year, $24 million deal extension with the Buccaneers. However, Barber said Tuesday that he had not been presented with – nor had he signed – a contract extension with the Bucs, and general manager Bruce Allen echoed a similar sentiment several hours later.
“There’s really nothing to update,” Allen said on Tuesday evening. ‘Ronde, like a few of our other players who are going into the last year of contracts, we’re trying to talk to their agents. I feel good about the process right now. We both said, ‘I do,” so now we just have to figure out how.”
When asked if Barber had agreed to terms on a contract extension, Allen wouldn’t get into specifics, but he reiterated how a contract extension wouldn’t actually be finalized until Barber puts his signature on the agreement.
“In the NFL, you either have a contract or you don’t,” said Allen. “I’ve seen negotiations break off at the last moment. But, as I said, we both said ‘I do,’ but we just have to work out how much.”
Barber’s agent, Ethan Lock, did not return Pewter Report’s phone calls.
Several other players, including quarterback Chris Simms, punter Josh Bidwell, center/guard Sean Mahan, fullback Mike Alstott, wide receiver David Boston, tight end Dave Moore and defensive end Dewayne White, are entering the final year of their contracts with Tampa Bay, and the Bucs currently are attempting to sign a few of those players to long-term deals in an effort to keep them off of the free agent market in 2007.
Afternoon Practice Update The Buccaneers held a two-hour practice at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. on Tuesday afternoon.
Bucs running back Michael Pittman, who was held out of the morning workout after having a wisdom tooth extracted, returned to practice.
Cornerback Juran Bolden missed a second consecutive practice with an undisclosed injury.
Wide receiver Joey Galloway was held out of the afternoon practice after participating on Tuesday morning. Tackle Kenyatta Walker also was held out of the afternoon workout.
Tampa Bay is scheduled to hold a two-hour practice in full pads on Wednesday morning. It has cancelled its afternoon practice. The Bucs plan to go to the movies as a team-building function.
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