Dominik Indicates Barrett Ruud Won’t Be Back in 2011

Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik indicated the Bucs have no plans to re-sign middle linebacker Barrett Ruud, an unrestricted free agent who led the team in tackles the last four years according to Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times.

Dominik announced Tuesday the team moved quickly to sign linebacker Mason Foster, the team’s third-round pick from Washington.

Ruud, a second-round pick by the Bucs in 2005, didn’t seem ready to close the door on Tampa Bay. When asked if he believed he’d played his last game for the Bucs, Ruud was non-committal.

“That’s tough to say,” Ruud said Tuesday. “I’m just going to wait until all this stuff is finalized before I really delve into it. I want to wait until when everybody is signed, when the actual picture comes out.

“I have no idea in all honesty. If I’ve got more football there, that’s great. If not, it’s understandable there, too.”

Ruud said he received interest from several teams Tuesday, the first day NFL teams can begin contacting free agents.


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