Barrett Ruud Continues To SulkAugust 1st, 2010
It didn’t work.
So Ruud, whose contract is up after the season, was likely as surprised as anyone when Penn was re-upped to a new, significant deal.
As a result, it appears Ruud is peeved. He wouldn’t talk to reporters yesterday after the first day of training and he pulled the same stunt today, so reports Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times.
Always-accessible LB Barrett Ruud blew off reporters for a second straight day today as the Bucs completed their single practice this afternoon.
Ruud has been requested by media who wish to ask his reaction to the Bucs’ decision to sign LT Donald Penn to a long-term contract, but Ruud continues to decline those requests. Today, he ran off the field, responding to me and another reporter by simply saying, “I don’t got anything today, guys.”
Asked if Ruud was upset about his lack of a contract extension — he is playing on a one-year restricted free agent tender for $3.168 million — coach Raheem Morris said, “You guys know Barrett. We’re not going to manufacture drama.” Morris said Ruud has been professional about the matter and hasn’t shown any lack of effort on the field.
Whatever the hell is eating at Ruud, Joe certainly hopes he puts it behind him by the time the regular season begins. Last thing the Bucs need is for a starting middle linebacker to be so hacked off his head is elsewhere than the game at hand.