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Barrett Ruud Deserves More from Tampa Bay Bucs

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 14: Linebacker Barrett Ruud #51 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sets for play against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on December 14, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Jordan HeckContributor IIIJune 22, 2009

Alright, listen up Raheem Morris and Mark Dominik. You've released so many people from our team that our "Madden Rating" dropped like 20 points in overall ratings.

The only reason it didn't drop 40 was because of the man in the photo up there: Barrett Ruud. In case you were too busy messing with the secondary Raheem, Ruud was there leading his team and most of the NFL in tackles by finishing fourth overall with 137. Come on Morris, you have to admit that is impressive in only his fourth season in the NFL.

Ruud held out of the organized team activites (OTAs) so he could prove a point that he needs a new contract. He did, however, report to the mandatory mini camp to avoid receiving the fine. He's not very good at holding out; the object is to not attend so you send a message, but don't pull a Brandon Marshall, because that would be a bad idea.

Bucs management released both outside linebackers (Derrick Brooks and Cato June) because they were "too old" for the Buccaneers' new young phase. I think Dominik is on board with Maurice Clarrett with making players attend just one year of college before entering the draft. The younger the better!

Ruud is only, hold on let me Google, 26. He's no Zac Efron, but he has experience and has played well in his time with the Buccaneers. The past two seasons, he's led the team in tackling. He deserves a big fat paycheck, more than pretty boy Mark Sanchez who just signed a contract worth more guaranteed money than I'll ever make.

I think I've ranted enough on why Ruud deserves this new contract. I also bought a Ruud jersey, so if he goes to another team then I'm stuck with another useless jersey, dang you Bruce Gradkowski!

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