How the Buccaneers' Deals Got Done

Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times takes an inside look at what the 24 hours between Friday and Saturday afternoon were like for Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik and Donald Penn's agent, Rocky Arceneaux.

"On Friday, talks between Penn's agent Rocky Arceneaux and general manager Mark Dominik intensified to the point where Arceneaux hopped on a flight to Tampa to hammer out the deal. That flight was delayed and, later, diverted to Orlando, leaving Arceneaux to rent a car and drive to One Buc Place. Meanwhile, Penn was scrambling to catch a redeye flight from his native Los Angeles, hoping to arrive in time to sign his deal and make it to practice.

Arceneaux arrived in Tampa about 2 a.m. Saturday morning, and immediately got down to business with Dominik and director of football administration, Digger Daley. They negotiated until about 5 a.m., at which point Arceneaux said he needed a few winks of sleep.

Once Arceneaux left, Dominik got McCoy's agent, Ben Dogra, on the phone to begin their pre-dawn conversations aimed at wrapping up McCoy's negotiations. Those went on for the next couple of hours until Dominik awoke Arceneaux via phone around 7 a.m."

For the rest of the story of how $110 million dollars' worth of contracts were finalized on Saturday, click here.

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