“We Just Have To Sit Down With His Agent”January 26th, 2011
Pouring over game tape incessantly, as he is known to do, Bucs general manager Mark Dominik has reached a conclusion that he wants Barrett Ruud in the middle of his 2011 Bucs defense.
This news, sure to drive some Bucs fans to near insanity, comes courtesy of Tampa Tribune Bucs beat writer Woody Cummings, who chatted with the rock star general manager at the Senior Bowl festivities today.
“Barrett had another good season for us,” Dominik said. “He led our team in tackles again and he had more splash plays for us this year than he did the year before, which was good. Now we just have to sit down with his agent.
“And as these things always go, there’s always two sides to it. Just because you say you want to sign him and because they say they want to be back, that doesn’t mean that’s how it’s going to work out.”
As Joe wrote on New Year’s Day, Raheem Morris likely doesn’t want to part with his stated “quarterback of the defense,” even if he’s not on his way to a Pro Bowl anytime soon.
If there’s really an open checkbook from Team Glazer and a real drive to go for a Super Bowl now, then maybe Raheem wants the comfort level of Ruud in the middle and would rather invest in the positions around him.
Of course, there’s no guarantee Ruud and the Bucs will find common ground on cash.
Considering the possibility of a lost offseason program due to a lockout, Joe imagines that bringing in a rookie or outsider into the center of the defense would present a challenging task to get the guy up to speed in limited time.
Should be a fascinating series of negotiations. Joe just can’t believe the two sides will be close together.