Ruud Sounds Ready for Free Agency to Start

In his four seasons as the full-time starting middle linebacker for the Buccaneers, Barrett Ruud has accumulated 511 tackles, five quarterback sacks, six interceptions, with 20 passes defensed.

Ruud played last season under a restricted free agent tender, and with six accrued seasons, will be an unrestricted free agent whenever the 2011 league year begins. The former second-round pick out of Nebraska is confident he’s shown enough on film to impress NFL teams.

“That part I’m comfortable with,” Ruud said according to Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times. “The four years I’ve been starting, I’ve been pretty productive. That part doesn’t worry me too much. What does worry you is things like, how long will free agency be? What will the mood of free agency be? We are kind of the first class in history to (hit the market) after a draft.”

The Buccaneers haven’t ruled out re-signing Ruud, but are high on former New England Patriots third-round pick Tyrone McKenzie and used a 2011 third-round pick on University of Washington linebacker Mason Foster.

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