Buccaneers GM Concerned With Donald Penn's Weight

During a Q&A session with season-ticket holders on Wednesday, Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Domenik was asked if weight issues were the only reason restricted free agent left tackle Donald Penn hadn't received a long-term contract extension.

Domenik, via JoeBucsFan and WhatTheBuc.net, replied:

"Yeah. I’m really disappointed. When you think about a left tackle and how important that position is especially to a young franchise quarterback. And that guy during the season gains 40 pounds and basically turns his back to nutrition and keeping himself in shape. That’s disappointing to me. Rightfully so. I’m just being blatantly honest with you. And I expected better from him.

"When you look at the film, he continued to digress [during the final third of the season]...This has nothing to do with money from the organization. This has nothing to do with the Glazers and their financial situation. This is strictly for him to show what he is as a football player."

I do not know whether or not Domenik knew he was being recorded. He speaks openly of wide receiver Michael Clayton's tenuous hold on a roster spot, and that they were moments away from trading him to the Seattle Seahawks two years ago, even booking a flight for him, before signing him to a contract extension. That might not be something most general manager would admit. In the age of the iPhone, I would assume that anyone speaking in a public setting is doing so with the understanding that one of his/her subjects is potentially capturing the moment forever.

Last week, Domenik also thought that Penn was subject to fines if he skipped mini-camp, which isn't the case.

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