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Bucs G.M. says Donald Penn's appetite has kept him from getting paid

So why haven’t the (allegedly) cash-strapped Buccaneers signed left tackle Donald Penn to a long-term deal?

According to G.M. Mark Dominik, Penn’s plight arises from his inability to push himself away from the table.

I’m really disappointed,” Dominik said at a Wednesday fan Q&A session at One Buc Place, via  “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. . . .  When you look at the film, he continued to
digress [during the final third of the season]. . . .  This has nothing to do
with money from the organization. This has nothing to do with the
Glazers and their financial situation.  This is strictly for him to show
what he is as a football player.”

We’ve got three observations.

First, if Dominik feels that way about Penn, why in the hell did the team tender him at the highest possible level, putting $3.168 million on the table?  They could have applied the same approach the Rams utilized with safety O.J. Atogwe, squatting on his rights for a low-level tender of roughly $1 million, keeping the ability to match any other offer he might have received.

Second, we thought that the Glazers had no “financial situation.”

Third, how in the hell does a guy gain 40 pounds during football season, and how does the team let him do it?

We realize that most if not all NFL teams lie from time to time or, as the case may be, always.  But teams should at least try to tell plausible lies.  And, frankly, we don’t believe for a second that Penn gained 40 pounds during the season, or that the reluctance to sign him to a long-term deal comes from anything other than a reluctance (or an inability) to pay him a large pile of money.

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30 Responses to “Bucs G.M. says Donald Penn's appetite has kept him from getting paid”
  1. dbartdog says: Jun 17, 2010 1:42 PM

    The Tampa Bay Bucs are a joke…Mod III, do you still have a job??? Inquiring minds want to know, bwahaha!

  2. Gautam says: Jun 17, 2010 1:42 PM

    40 pounds, what the hell was the training staff doing during that ?

  3. FoF says: Jun 17, 2010 1:43 PM

    Mike Florio,
    What’s with this crappy ass new message format in which it cuts out spaces and paragraphs? Everything looks like crap now.

  4. newman says: Jun 17, 2010 1:44 PM

    man, you’re getting increasingly more cynical.
    the 40 lb. thing is tangible, and i’m sure can be and has been documented. despite your distrust of front offices, they wouldn’t say something like that if they couldn’t prove it, and if everyone else in the organization didn’t know it to be true.

  5. big007hed says: Jun 17, 2010 1:45 PM

    ” And, frankly, we don’t believe for a second that Penn gained 40 pounds during the season”
    Then you obviously did not watch the season at all for the Bucs (not many did) he got HUGE during the season…. Every single year it is a fight with Penn and his weight…. Good LT but his weight is and seems to always be a problem

  6. mustbechris says: Jun 17, 2010 1:50 PM

    the bucs are a joke. i legitimately feel sorry for their fans.

  7. Ghost Peppers says: Jun 17, 2010 1:50 PM

    The Bucs are the new Lions

  8. notoriousbri says: Jun 17, 2010 1:50 PM

    its no mystery. horrible front office horrible ownership. team is horrible with making financial decisions. Just look at Michael Claytons deal. They are the east coast Raiders. Then what they did with the coaching and qb situation.. promote Raheem to d coordinator then head coach a week later? this team needs to join the UFL or something because they are clueless.. much like saints , lions, and steeler fans =)

  9. witdog67 says: Jun 17, 2010 1:52 PM

    The local media has been reporting his weight issues for a long time, Dominick’s comments are nothing new, only more direct and pretty blunt.
    Otagwe is the only person in that situation in the league. It is highly likely a starting tackle gets offered more than $3m by somebody, so the Bucs played this one by the book. Why more Buc-bashing? Just more bad analysis here. Every team in the league did the exact same thing with their restricted free agents and you know it , so give us a break Florio.
    The Bucs have been tight with the cash, but accusing them of calling poeple “FAT” to deflect from the issue is stupid.

  10. PURPLESTEEZ says: Jun 17, 2010 2:01 PM

    i love all the school teachers that comment on spelling and grammer mistakes on this site-if it drives you nuts start your own site.look at me i have perfect grammer and spelling skills-losers

  11. dct206 says: Jun 17, 2010 2:13 PM

    I think perhaps he meant to say that Penn “regressed” during the final third of the season? To say he digressed makes no sense at all.

  12. thetechnocrat says: Jun 17, 2010 2:19 PM

    What seems to be honesty from a gm and all you do is blast them? Nice. This site is seeming more and more like a couple of guys’ opinionated blog and not real news. Smarmy comments and spelling errors. Can’t there be one site that strikes a balance between crappy ESPN & local sportswriters?

  13. Mustard says: Jun 17, 2010 2:27 PM

    Hahaha. Dbartdog is still mad at the Mods at the TBBBB.
    Maybe its time to get over it?

  14. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jun 17, 2010 2:29 PM

    What a joke!!! Mark Dominik has to go!!! If the Glazers followed behind him, that would be a bonus!

  15. pfinfl says: Jun 17, 2010 2:43 PM

    Put on the tape of the Bucs and Vikes and watch Penn smother Jared Allen for four quarters. Then put on a tape from Dec. and see the difference.
    I am no Dominik fan, but he’s right on this time.

  16. Mustard says: Jun 17, 2010 2:45 PM

    At least Dominik knows (now) that he can’t actually fine Donald Penn like he threatened to do on monday. Too bad Mark, it helps to know the rules of the league before you threaten a player with fines that you can’t enforce.

  17. cbrianwatkins says: Jun 17, 2010 2:51 PM

    florio, if you watched any football last year, (you were probably trying to catch up on all the TMZ episodes, so you could fill NBC’s website with nonsense)
    you could have clearly saw he put on weight
    if i could tell from watching 10mins of a Bucs game each week, anyone could see it

  18. Slow Joe says: Jun 17, 2010 2:56 PM

    Florio: I love coming to this blog, because you are usually very adept at seeing between the lines. But this time, you are way off. And I’ll address your three items line-by-line:
    1. Because he is a starting left tackle in the NFL, so even if fatboy can’t stay away from the table, $3M is a very small amount.
    2. Everyone has a “financial situation”, jackass. Wealthy, poor, or somewhere in between.
    3. I can’t believe you of all people question this. Many players lose weight during the season, but not all of them. OF COURSE there are players that gain weight. As a Buc fan, I saw his declining play along with his increased waist. I’m sure the Bucs would have liked to have done something about it, but remember, an NFL team can’t be at a player’s house telling him what and what not to eat. Keep in mind that after training camp, the players don’t spend a whole lot of time with the team. Monday’s are off, Tuesday’s a film session, Wednesday and Thursday and usually practice in shorts and Friday is a walkthrough.
    I agree that Dominik probably shouldn’t be so blunt, but maybe that’s what fatboy Penn needs.

  19. TornadoRex says: Jun 17, 2010 2:59 PM

    Perhaps you should actually WATCH some of the teams that you report on, Florio. If you actually did the research that should be done for your JOB, you would have seen the guy go Andre Smith 40-yard dash in the last third of the season. Second, there’s obviously a “financial situation” for the Glazers – they’re in debt for ManU, they don’t deny it. They tell us that it doesn’t affect the Bucs, not that everything is honky-dory across the pond.

  20. Wizahdry says: Jun 17, 2010 3:41 PM

    If anyone who is not in the bay area wants some insight into what kind of “boy genius” Dominick is read this quote from the Tampa Tribune last week.
    Contrary to statements made last week by Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik, restricted free agent Donald Penn cannot be fined if he fails to report for next week’s mandatory minicamp.
    The team acknowledged the inaccuracy on Thursday.
    A week ago Dominik said, “Anybody who does not show up to mandatory minicamp is subject to fines, even Donald Penn if he hasn’t signed his tender.”

  21. rocknrollsinger says: Jun 17, 2010 3:56 PM

    Wow, what an editorial piece of garbage this story is.
    He was tendered at the highest possible level because he has played well and shown great potential and because this team needs a left tackle to protect their franchise QB. Also, even with the concerns Dominick is expressing here (or “lying” about as you suggest), Penn’s still better and younger than who was available on the free agent market and the Bucs had much greater needs to address in the draft. Duh.
    And for the past year, I’ve read numerous articles about Penn’s weight struggles BEFORE this holdout situation ever began. Several articles have reported that he has LOST 40 lbs during the off-season, so I guess he had it to lose.
    Also, no article would be complete without a jab at the Glazers. Thanks yet again for that.

  22. King Buccaneer says: Jun 17, 2010 4:11 PM

    For all the flack Dom gets from his decisions, he is completely CORRECT in his statements on Penn. I do believe the guy should get paid because he is a beast but come on man, LOSE SOME WEIGHT!!! The guy just cannot stay in NFL shape for the entire season until this happens. It’s just sad that we have to have a guy watch this guy all the time just to make sure he doesn’t balloon to the size of a Mac truck. He’s a grown ass man not an overweight 12 year old boy.

  23. brasho says: Jun 17, 2010 4:21 PM

    June 17, 2010 2:01 PM
    i love all the school teachers that comment on spelling and grammer mistakes on this site-if it drives you nuts start your own site.look at me i have perfect grammer and spelling skills-losers
    Wow, what a suprise, the moron that hates the spelling police can’t even spell a simple word like “GRAMMAR” correctly. Go ahead, admit you hate when people do that, but we know it is only because you’re an idiot that can’t spell or write.

  24. brasho says: Jun 17, 2010 4:23 PM

    Florio, contact Stephen Holder of the St. Pete Times if you don’t believe Penn gained massive amounts of weight during the season. He was reporting in blog sessions during the game that management wasn’t happy with his weight gains… and that was over 6 months ago.

  25. LewD says: Jun 17, 2010 4:37 PM

    damn …
    will Penn become another Fat Albert?

    plusno more paragraphs ….

  26. TornadoRex says: Jun 17, 2010 4:42 PM

    Hey Wiz, who gives a crap? He should be fired based on that?

  27. jsbmore says: Jun 17, 2010 4:46 PM

    thetechnocrat says: June 17, 2010 2:19 PM What seems to be honesty from a gm and all you do is blast them? Nice. This site is seeming more and more like a couple of guys’ opinionated blog and not real news. Smarmy comments and spelling errors. Can’t there be one site that strikes a balance between crappy ESPN & local sportswriters?
    technogimp – if that’s the way you feel, why are you reading the site and posting your comments. go find another “balanced” site to get your news from. we come to PFT because of the news and the OPINIONS….see, we actually appreciate and look forward to Florio’s spin on subjects that mainstream media tries to avoid. gimp.

  28. TornadoRex says: Jun 17, 2010 4:55 PM

    Donald Penn – Week 1 against Dallas–nfl_medium_540_360.jpg
    Donald Penn – Week 16 against the Saints–nfl_medium_540_360.jpg

  29. Aquinas says: Jun 17, 2010 5:36 PM

    The person we should be talking about being fat and lazy is Mike Florio.
    You do have sources right Mike? Would it be that hard to actually call someone at One Buc and confirm whether Dominik might be correct rather than guessing aloud?
    Do you think anyone cares what you think? I care what you know, and if you are going to go Jessica Simpson on me I’ll find another person that bothers to contact a source before posting guesses you lazy schmuck.

  30. thejedi says: Jun 17, 2010 8:57 PM

    15 yards for rumour mongering…..

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