Count Bucs offensive tackle Donald Penn as one of the players who wishes his union and the owners would get together and get a new Collective Bargaining Agreement done.
Penn is on the list of more than 200 players who would have been unrestricted free agents in a regular year but are restricted free agents under the rules of the uncapped year in 2010. And he calls it “kind of tough” going through an offseason in which he’s not allowed to get a taste of unrestricted free agency.
“I’m going to be patient, be calm and control what I can control,” Penn said today, per PewterReport.com. “Everything that’s going on right now is out of my control. If we had a new [collective bargaining agreement] I would never have been in this position.”
Bucs G.M. Mark Dominik has had some curious comments about Penn this week, but Penn says he’s not going to respond in kind and bash the Bucs. That doesn’t mean he’s happy with his situation, though.
“I’m not going to minicamp,” Penn said. “Mark and [head coach] Raheem [Morris] know that, we already talked about that. I’m not going. I’m a good guy. I don’t talk bad about the organization and I’m never going to start. From weeks and during the season, I want to be a Buc for the rest of my life if I can. It’s not in my hands.”