Tag:Mark Dominik
Posted on: September 29, 2010 12:35 pm

Tanard Jackson to enter rehab

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

According to a report on NFL.com, Buccaneers S Tanard Jackson, who was suspended indefinitely (but, at the very least, for a year) after violating the league’s substance abuse policy and program for the third time, will check into a rehab center in the near future. 

Steve Wyche writes Tampa Bay will keep Jackson, even though his suspension hurt the Buccaneers last Sunday. In his place, they had to start rookie seventh-round pick Cody Grimm, and he didn’t play very well, allowing Pittsburgh’s Mike Wallace to catch a 46-yard TD pass from Charlie Batch.

Andy suggested last week that Tampa Bay GM Mark Dominik might want to place a call to Ken Hamlin, but Hamlin re-signed with Baltimore today, so that option is out the window.

Coach Raheem Morris has said, though, the Bucs will continue to look for free agents who can help minimize Jackson's absence.

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 8:37 pm

Penn draws inspiration from Chad Jones

Earlier today, we told you about the Buccaneers signing Donald Penn and how much his presence will mean to keeping QB Josh Freeman in an up-right position this fall. But he’s got an interesting reason for ending his quick hold-out and signing a new deal worth $48 million over six years.
As the St. Petersburg Times writes, it’s because of Giants rookie Chad Jones and the car accident in which he nearly lost his leg.

“I got a 20-month year old son at home. You never know what tomorrow is going to entail,'' Penn told the Times. "Chad Jones was a great friend of mine and still is a good friend of mine. You guys see what happened to him. You never know what's going to happen the next day. You can try everything to be careful, but still, that was a freak accident. He couldn't have stopped that if he wanted to.

"My family was a big part. I wanted to get something now, because if I had gone out this year, knock on wood, I'm not injury prone -- but what if I got hurt? Where would that have left me? I just wanted to get it done because I felt it was well overdue and I think the organization felt it was well overdue.''

Penn – who happens to share an agent with Jones, as well – had refused to sign his restricted free agent tender offer of $3.168 million, and the club had gotten a little nasty with him, particularly GM Mark Dominik. Though it was thought Penn would hold out from training camp – particularly since, as of a few days ago, it didn’t seem like the two sides were negotiating at all – Penn said he called his agent and told him to make something happen.

"Do whatever it takes to be in there, because when it was getting closer, it was like, "Man, I've never missed a camp before. I don't want to do that. That's not the type of guy I am.’” Penn said. “I had a long talk with (agent Rocky Arceneaux) and said, "Let's get it done. I'll make some sacrifices if I have to, but let's get it done.”

Penn, with $20 million guaranteed, will return to his LT spot, filling one very large hole on Tampa Bay’s offensive line.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 27, 2010 8:43 pm

Bucs look past Penn's potential holdout

It looks like the Buccaneers will be moving on without LT Donald Penn for now.

According to the St. Petersburg Times , Tampa Bay isn’t planning any “meaningful discussions” about a contract extension with Penn before training camp opens.

Penn, a restricted free agent, was offered a tender of $3.168 million, but he refused to sign. The Bucs reduced the offer to 110 percent of his 2009 salary – only $100,000 less than their tender offer – but Penn, quite obviously, didn’t budge.

Though Tampa Bay’s GM, Mark Dominik, made a rather unprofessional comment about Penn’s weight at a session with fans earlier in the offseason, Penn has prided himself on not talking negatively about the organization. It’s probably because he has more leverage than the Buccaneers.

The candidate that would replace him at LT is Demar Dotson, who’s never started an NFL game. From Rick Stroud’s story:

Beginning Saturday, the Bucs will pay close attention to Dotson.

The better Dotson plays, the less likely Penn is to get a long-term contract this year. But if Dotson performs poorly, Penn's argument will be fortified and anything is possible.

The value of the contract Penn seeks is unknown. But the team has to assume it's in the range of the six-year, $60 million deals recently signed by the Jets' D'Brickashaw Ferguson and the Panthers' Jordan Gross.

Restricted free agents have until Week 10 of the regular season to sign their tenders or must sit out the year.

For now, assuming Penn doesn’t sign in the next few days, it’ll be Dotson – and perhaps a few others – trying to fill the LT role. The Bucs will be watching closely. And so will quarterback Josh Freeman.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 17, 2010 8:33 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2010 8:40 pm

Penn to skip mini-camp

The latest with Tampa Bay LT Donald Penn is that he’s not planning to show up for next week’s Buccaneers mini-camp. This, according to the St. Petersburg Times .

Penn, a restricted free agent, was offered a $3.168 million tender, but because he refused to sign by Tuesday’s deadline, the team lowered the offer by $100,000. Penn – like just about everybody else who didn’t sign their tenders – wants a long-term deal.

The reason why he might not get one? Well, according to whatthebuc.net – a Bucs fan site – Tampa Bay GM Mark Dominik told a group of season-ticket holders Wednesday that Penn put on too much weight for the team to offer him a long-term extension. Though whatthebuc.net erased the original post because “people are going NUTS,” Tampa Bay officials told JoeBucsFan.com that the question-and-answer session was supposed to be off the record.

"I'm really disappointed," Dominik said in comments that Pro Football Talk has kept on its site. "When you think about a left tackle and how important that position is, especially to a young franchise quarterback. And that guy during the season gains 40 pounds and basically turns his back to nutrition and keeping himself in shape, that's disappointing to me. Rightfully so. I'm just being blatantly honest with you. And I expected better from him.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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