Tampa Bay Buccaneers left tackle Donald Penn was reported to have issues with weight fluctuation this offseason, to the point where he allegedly failed to make most of the weight clauses in his current contract. That report was put out by Mark Cook, the Editor-in-Chief of the popular Bucs fansite Pewter Report, in a column entitled "Five Bucs who may be on the 2013 hot seat."
Penn loves playing for the Buccaneers and is one of those locker room guys that coaches love to have, but also has an occasional lazy streak and has failed to meet most of the weight clauses in his most recent contract ... which drives management crazy.
Cook later amended his report, because it turned out that Penn had actually made the weight clauses in 2012 in a six-year, $41.7 million contract he signed in July of 2010. Penn will make a base salary of $5 million this year, and there are $400,000 workout bonuses and $600,000 weight clauses every year.
Penn heard about the report, and turned to Twitter to express his unhappiness with facts he considered erroneous.
"Keep reporting bull[bleep] on me n see the next time I do a interview wit u yo [bleep] is lies get the facts 1st Cook b4 u say [bleep],” Penn wrote to Pewter Report's Twitter account. Penn also blamed Pro Football Talk for forwarding the reports, and had a few choice words for that organization, as well.
"I still shut down the best DEs in the game n ball out every Sunday I gave up 4 sacks all yr last season get yo [bleep] right ... This article here is some bull[bleep] n false I been working hard n putting in work messed up my whole weekend ... 330 right now in the best shape I been in in a long time stop reporting bull[bleep] I made all my weigh in last yr n this yr."
Alrighty then. According to Football Outsiders' game-charting metrics, Penn actually did a bit better than he claims -- he's debited with two sacks allowed, and 9.5 total hits and hurried allowed in the 2012 season. Penn benefits from the fact that he plays on the left side and quarterback Josh Freeman rolls right a lot, but he does have a point about his game, and if the Pewter Report report was indeed false -- which it appears to be to a degree -- Penn has the right to ask for the retraction to be as prominent as the mistake.
One thing's for sure -- you shouldn't expect too many Donald Penn exclusives from Pewter Report in the future.