Buccaneers left tackle Donald Penn, a 3rd year pro who went undrafted out of Utah State, is set to become an unrestricted free agent on Feb. 27th. He has said publicly that he would like to sign a long-term deal to remain a Buccaneer and would not be happy to sign a one-year tender offer.
Penn started 28 straight games for the Buccaneers since replacing the injured Luke Petitgout and kept it after the former starter returned from injury. Penn who will turn 26 on April 27th wants to be paid like a franchise left tackle, and the Bucs, who have the cap space available, do not want to overpay for Penn's services.
Talks aimed at securing a new deal for Penn have been going on for months, and there hasn't been all that much progress, according to Penn's agent. Bucs new GM Mark Dominik was the man responsible for bringing Penn to Tampa when he was working in the player personnel dept. and would likely like to retain an undrafted gem that he signed off Minnesota's practice squad.