--Barrett Ruud admits he did not participate in the Bucs' Organized Team Activities because he hoped to draw attention to his contract situation. He also admits the ploy failed.
Ruud reported to the team's mandatory minicamp last week but said he still is undecided whether to return for training camp on time.
"I'd like to be here a long time," Ruud said. "I'd like to be with the Buccaneers. I've really enjoyed the organization. It's a first-class organization and a great community and I like my teammates. So I'd like to be here a long time. So in that respect, yeah, I'm disappointed that it hasn't progressed.
"I was hoping to kind of speed things up, speed things along."
Instead, it's the Bucs' coaching staff that is trying to fast-track Ruud's progress in the new defense under coordinator Jim Bates.
Ruud has one year left on a contract that will pay him a base salary of about $1.6-million in 2009. He said there have been no discussion with the team about an extension and remains undecided whether to report to training camp on time.
"There are no discussions; there haven't been any," Ruud said. "There hasn't been much for discussion. I'd like to think everything will take care of itself but that remains to be seen.
"I'm sort of taking it day by day."
Morris erupted, telling Buie to leave the field in a profanity-laced tirade.
"I can take it," Leftwich said.
Buie was allowed to return for the afternoon workout. The practices were not in pads, just helmets and shorts.
--Looks like former Buccaneers great Derrick Brooks remains intent on playing in '09.
Asked about his future in Tallahassee where he was attending a Florida State University board of trustees meeting, Brooks said anything is possible, including one event that seems far-fetched, at best.
"I could still be a Buccaneer," Brooks said. "Stranger things that have happened. Teams are talking to me so I'm going to make sure I continue to stay in shape."
The Bucs have no plans to re-sign Brooks.
--The Bucs concluded the offseason with a game of paintball on the final day of mandatory minicamp. It was a team-building exercise.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I'm just going to try and give them every reason to play me." -- Rookie QB Josh Freeman.
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