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Done Deal For Young Buc
Posted Jun 13, 2008 by Roy Cummings
Updated Jun 13, 2008 at 02:39 PM
TAMPA - The Bucs have agreed to terms on a contract extension with one of their young core players. It’s probably not the core player you’re thinking of, though.
While Bucs General Manager Bruce Allen remains confident that a deal securing the services of RB Earnest Graham will eventually get done, he has completed work on an extension for long snapper Andrew Economos.
Economos has agreed in principal to a deal that is believed to be worth more than $4 million over five years. Not bad for a kid who was brought in as a fill-in for Dave Moore a couple years ago.
As for the Graham talks, we have nothing new outside of the comments Allen made at a Tampa Chamber of Commerce luncheon earlier today. When asked about the Graham talks, Allen said “I’m sure it’s going to work out.’’
Allen was also asked – by the media, not the luncheon attendees – about Chris Simms comments regarding Jon Gruden’s treatment of him. Allen labeled Simms’ comments a “publicity stunt’’ that didn’t match his conversations with Simms.
Bucs Coach Jon Gruden was asked about Simms comments as well. The question came from a luncheon attendee (the media was not given a chance to talk to Gruden privately), and Gruden didn’t back off – too much.
“I like Chris Simms,’’ Gruden said. “I don’t necessarily agree with the things he’s said, but I’m going to coach the quarterbacks who are here.”