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Wednesday Morning Buccaneer Linkage: Trueblood Signs Tender; Williams and Dominik Weigh in on Split

A quick look at what's going on out there in the Buccaneer blogosphere.......

Per 620 WDAE, Jeremy Trueblood signed his 1-year, (approx) $1.7 million RFA tender.

Meanwhile, Stephen Holder takes a closer look into the current situation regarding signing their other tendered RFA tackle, Donald Penn.  Holder sees a positive for both sides in getting a long-term deal in place, with Penn getting his long-term coin and the Bucs getting a much more fit and capable player in the lighter and firmed-up Penn.  That being said, with the 2011 season (and possibly beyond) still a major question mark, many teams just aren't signing many of the slew of RFAs that resulted from the expiration of the CBA, not just the Buccaneers. 

As most of you know by now, the Buccaneers and Doug Williams are going in separate directions.  Both Mark Dominik and Williams released statements regarding the split.


"I have tremendous respect for Doug's talents and am very appreciative of his many contributions to this franchise over the years. At the end of last season, Doug and I began a conversation regarding his career. Doug concluded that now is the time for him to make the smoothest transition. Like Mike Alstott and Lee Roy Selmon, Doug will stay involved as a representative of the team in the community."


"Mark and I have sat down and talked about my future. After a lot of thought, I felt that it was the right time for me to look at new options. I wish nothing but the best for the Buccaneers." 

Clearly there's something under the surface there that's not coming out, as things can't be as rosy and peachy as these two are making them seem.  That said, the departure doesn't bother me enough to want to know. 

Holder also looks back at the re-signing of LB Angelo Crowell.  He reminds us about Crowell's productive 2007 season in which he tallied 140 tackles and looked to be a player on the rise.  However, I think Crowell's knee injury will raise questions about his mobility until he shows up on the practice field and not only makes the tough cuts, but also engages in full contact tackling drills and scrimmages.

Pewter Report has an interesting article on how Miller and McCoy met up on recruiting trip to Norman, OK and, according to McCoy, were supposed to go to Oklahoma together, but Miller deviated from the "plan" and went to Texas.  Listening to both men speak, it sounds like they've formed a pretty strong bond already.  Miller even voluntarily gave up his number to McCoy.