Bucs to move Plummer to reserve list

In a move that will clear more money off the salary cap, Tampa Bay will move quarterback Jake Plummer to the reserve failed to report list on Friday. It appears that Plummer's desire, at least for now, is to stay away from training camp.

Jake Plummer will be moved to the reserve did not report list on Friday, according to Tampa Bay general manager Bruce Allen.

Plummer's failure to show up at training camp on Thursday will necessitate the move. Plummer has been steadfast in his desire to retire from the NFL, despite the fact that he has not filed his retirement papers.

Allen, for one, does not believe that Plummer's career is over.

"I think Jake has a lot to offer," Allen said. "His performance over the past four years is one of the best in the NFL. He's has a lot to offer this game and a great competitor. Do I believe that he'll never play again? No, I don't believe that."

Moving Plummer to the failed to report list is important because it allows the Buccaneers to take Plummer's base salary — $5.3 million — off their books for the time being. The Buccaneers are still responsible for any pro-rated signing bonus money on Plummer's contract, and there's a possibility the Buccaneers could ask for that money back as a penalty for Plummer failing to show up for camp.

"We don't discuss discipline publicly," Allen said. "He understands our stance from holding out from our team. There are consequences to not reporting to camp. We'll treat him like any other person that would hold out from our camp."

The last player to hold out of Buccaneers training camp was wide receiver Keenan McCardell in 2003. McCardell was holding out for a better contract and was eventually traded to San Diego. Tampa Bay received a portion of McCardell's signing bonus in a settlement after the trade.

This situation is much less acrimonious. Bucs head coach Jon Gruden and his wife made a trip to Idaho between the end of mini-camp and the start of training camp to try and convince Plummer to come join the Bucs.

"We did try; we did try to look into his situation," Gruden said. "We exhausted, I think, enough effort there to make it fair, but at this point in time he is not here, (but) that doesn't mean he won't be here."

Allen also said the Bucs have not backed off their stance that they won't trade Plummer and that he will continue to talk to the quarterback.

As for Daunte Culpepper, there is nothing in the works, it appears. Allen said the Buccaneers did not work out Culpepper when they met last week. Culpepper appears out of the running for the job in Jacksonville.

For now, though, it appears that he will not end up in Tampa Bay.

"I feel a lot better now than I did at this point last year because we have four guys I think that have some system background," Gruden said, referring to Jeff Garcia, Chris Simms, Bruce Gradkowski and Luke McCown.

Matthew Postins covers the Buccaneers for BucsBlitz.com and the Charlotte Sun-Herald in Port Charlotte, Fla. He is a member of the Pro Football Writers Association. Included among his more than two dozen writing and editing awards are national awards from the PFWA, the National Newspaper Association and the Associated Press Sports Editors, and state awards from the Florida Press Club and the Florida Sports Writers Association, for his coverage of the Buccaneers since 2004.

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