Ruud is looking for a long term deal.

Barrett Ruud wants his money

The Bucs finally signed their disgruntled left tackle Donald Penn to a long term deal, but now another player is upset about his current contract situation. MLB Barrett Ruud is upset about his current contract status, but oddly enough is not holding out like Penn did, but everyone knows he is not a happy person.

Earlier this week, left tackle Donald Penn signed a six-year deal worth $48 million after holding out for a better deal. Ruud was also a restricted free agent like Penn was, but decided not to hold out and signed a one-year tender worth $3.268 million. Ruud is having second thoughts now about signing his contract. He is upset as other players and rookies (McCoy signed a $63 million deal) are signing big, long-term contracts around him. While he says he is happy for his teammates and their success, he is certainly not happy with the Bucs. He wants to be paid for his performance and rightly so.

Ruud has been was of the Bucs most consistent defenders over the past few seasons. Over the last three years, he has totaled 632 tackles and 3 sacks, reaching a career-high 205 tackles last season. Ruud has said he won’t leave camp, instead continue to work hard like he has been over the past few years and show the Bucs that he deserves his big contract extension. Bucs management has responded by saying they won’t begin any major talks for a couple weeks at the minimum.

A deal needs to be made before the start of the season. The Glazers are spending some money now (Penn and McCoy), so there really isn’t a big excuse not to sign one of the most productive players on the entire team. The Bucs need Ruud healthy and happy, right now that is not the case. It is a good thing that he is in training though, the Bucs defense would be in trouble if he decided to hold out. His attitude is also starting to rub off on his teammates, even Center Jeff Faine has said he is tired of the attitude, not a good start for the chemistry in the locker room.

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  • Gatorbuc15

    Even though Ruud had 205 tackles last year, half the time he was dragged about 5 or 6 yards before he would bring the man down. Though, it probably didn’t help Barett any last year that the D-Line couldn’t slow the running backs down at all, and Barett had to tackle them when they were running towards him at full boar. But that’s dosen’t mean Ruud is exscused for that by any means. But maybe he can do a better jod this year with a good D-Line to slow down the ball carier. Personally, I understand why the Glazer’s are hesitant in giving Ruud big money.

  • Matt Staton

    Ruud probably is not the best MLB in the world, but with the lack of depth on the team right now and the inexperience everywhere, the Bucs really need him on the field. He could hold out so the Bucs are lucky he is working out and is showing up to camp. The signed the deal so he is required to show up, but being upset is going to be a distraction to the team. The Glazers are spending money, so they need to just give him at least a 3 year deal and sure him up and keep him quiet.

    • Gatorbuc15

      It’s not like I completely dislike Ruud, I just feel that he needs to prove himself before he gets a big contract. I do think he has the capability of turning into a great MLB.

  • Matt Staton

    I think he is about an average linebacker, he is good, but nothing compared to elite linebackers, like Ray Lewis and company. They should sign him because he is important and I do like him as well, but having him with a bad attitude will only be a negative for the young team.