Buccaneers Wirfs Reports, But Isn’t Participating In Mandatory Minicamp

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Reports that Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs would report to mandatory minicamp came true Tuesday.

Wirfs skipped OTAs last week while he and the team work on a contract extension. But as Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports, Wirfs is present, but doesn’t appear to be participating. Reporting but not participating allows Wirfs to avoid fines of over $100,000.

Wirfs skipping OTAs led to all the usual suspects making a mountain out of a mole-hill. The fact is both sides are eager to get a deal done, but due diligence is required by both parties.

With Wirfs not participating in minicamp activities that means he may not practice with the team until training camp starts. Not ideal, but understandable from Wirfs’ perspective.

This process has played out before recently with several Buccaneers looking for an extension or new deal. We want to reiterate that there is no reports or inclinations of any substance that this deal won’t get done. It’s a matter of when, not if.

Wirfs is scheduled to make $18.2 million on his fifth-year option in 2024. He is reportedly looking for a deal closer to $25 million per year or more. Recently, Detroit Lions right tackle Penei Sewell signed for $112 million over four years. That deal included $43 million at signing and $85 million in total guarantees. Wirfs’ position is more valuable on the left side from Sewell’s, so look for him to get slightly more once terms are agreed to.

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