Bucs put high tender on OT Penn

INDIANAPOLIS — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers put a high tender on OT Donald Penn Friday morning, requiring a first- and third-round pick as compensation.

Agent Rocky Arceneaux met with Tampa Bay officials Friday morning in Indianapolis and said he is very displeased that the Bucs placed the highest restricted tender on the young left tackle for the second straight year.

Penn, who would have been among the more coveted players in free agency had the current CBA continued, is now looking at making millions less.

The high tender reduces the likelihood of Penn getting an offer sheet from another club and the sides have been unable to agree on a long-term deal.

They were close on a deal before the season began, according to league sources, but things broke down and that offer eventually came off the table.

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