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Jake Plummer | Quarterback

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (43) / 12/19/1974
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 212
College: Arizona State
Drafted: 1997 / Rd. 2 (42) / ARZ

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Retired former Broncos QB Jake Plummer indicated it was time for the team to move on from coach Mike Shanahan.
Plummer questioned Shanahan's motivating tactics. "I've been on 2-7 teams that had better attitudes coming out of team meetings than oftentimes when we came out of team meetings after Shanahan felt a need to motivate us even more," he said. He went on to praise the hiring of new coach Josh McDaniels. Sat, Jan 31, 2009 09:10:00 AM
Source: Denver Post

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Jake Plummer, who is still living in Idaho playing handball, interviewed with's Peter King recently and sounded "perfectly content" with his life away from football.

Plummer admitted that he misses "throwing the football" sometimes, but says "everything else, no." "Being the quarterback for a football team and everything that goes with it, no," he said. "I haven't woken up one day since I left with a strong desire to play. I'm just glad I got out of the game with my knees intact and my shoulders and back OK." Perhaps Jon Gruden will try to lure Plummer back to the game during Chucky's time off.
Tue, Jan 27, 2009 12:59:00 PM

The Bucs have reached a settlement with Jake Plummer in a grievance the team filed against the retired QB for failing to fulfill his contract.

The Bucs settled for $3.5 million of a possible $7 million. That money will be available to the team in cash, not in cap savings. Tampa basically traded a late seventh-round pick for the cash, which is a deal their owner would probably make again.
Tue, Jun 10, 2008 09:55:00 AM

The Buccaneers' grievance hearing against Jake Plummer is expected to occur by the end of the month.

The exact date hasn't been set, but the Bucs are attempting to get Plummer to repay $7 million in bonuses he received while playing for Denver. Plummer retired shortly after the Bucs traded a seventh-round pick for him during the 2007 offseason. They appear to have given up on getting him to return.
Tue, Jun 3, 2008 04:10:00 PM

Bucs coach Jon Gruden finally acknowledged Wednesday at the owners' meetings that Jake Plummer will not join the team for training camp.

"He's retired," Gruden said. "They say I collect quarterbacks. One of them hasn't played in two years (Chris Simms) and one of them retired. We tried. I think still he's one of the top quarterbacks on the planet, personally." The Bucs are still trying to recoup $7 million in bonus money from Plummer.
Wed, Apr 2, 2008 02:16:00 PM

Bucs GM Bruce Allen reiterated Wednesday that the team would welcome Jake Plummer if he comes out of retirement.

"We've left the light on for him," Allen said. Plummer, now 33, still hasn't filed the paperwork to make his retirement official. If he doesn't report to the team by late April, the Broncos will get the Bucs' 2008 seventh-round pick.
Thu, Mar 6, 2008 09:43:00 AM

Bucs GM Bruce Allen reiterated Friday that he hopes Jake Plummer will join the team for training camp.

"The light is still on," Allen said. "We've talked to Jake...he's a good guy. We hope he changes his mind." Plummer is currently living in Idaho. If he doesn't report to Tampa by late April, the Broncos will get the Bucs' seventh-round pick. If he surprisingly does show, Denver would get a fourth-rounder.
Source: Denver Post
Sat, Feb 2, 2008 12:15:00 PM

Jake Plummer's hearing date to deal with the Bucs' grievance against him is expected to take place within two weeks.

The Bucs say they want Plummer to return to football in 2008, but if not, will try to recoup $7 million in bonuses from him. GM Bruce Allen said last week that he believes Plummer is currently in "Montana or an Idaho mountain."
Wed, Jan 16, 2008 12:16:00 PM

The Bucs hope Jake Plummer joins the team in 2008.

"There’s someone in a Montana or an Idaho mountain right now that we hope he honors his contract," Bucs GM Bruce Allen said of Plummer when asked about his QBs heading to next season. "He got to see what we were doing this year and he has a contact and we expect him to honor it."
Thu, Jan 10, 2008 03:59:00 PM

Despite their attempt to recover millions from him, the Bucs remain hopeful that Jake Plummer will come out of retirement.

He could owe as much as $7 million pending the results of a grievance Tampa Bay filed, but GM Bruce Allen says "We respect the player. We'll see if we can't come to a meeting of the minds." Plummer still hasn't filed the necessary paperwork to make his retirement official in the mind of the NFL.
Mon, Sep 3, 2007 08:31:00 PM

The Bucs and Broncos have filed a grievance against Jake Plummer and are seeking a prorated portion of his signing bonus for breach of contract.

The Buccaneers currently own the retired quarterback's rights and say they are entitled to the money because he didn't fulfill the terms of his original seven-year contract. The teams are going after roughly $7 million.
Tue, Aug 7, 2007 11:33:00 PM

NFL Network's Adam Schefter reports the Bucs will place Jake Plummer on the reserve/retired list.

In addition, they will fine Plummer $14,000 for each day of training camp he misses. The team may be using this as a tactic towards getting Plummer into camp, and if that doesn't work, Tampa might go after Daunte Culpepper.
Thu, Jul 26, 2007 07:31:00 PM

Jake Plummer's high school coach says he recently spoke with Plummer.

"He said, 'They don't believe me down there (in Tampa), but I'm done,'" Capital HS (Boise) coach Steve Vogel said. The Bucs continue to hold out hope he'll report, but could fine Plummer if he doesn't come to training camp.
Thu, Jul 19, 2007 09:39:00 AM

Bucs GM Bruce Allen said Jake Plummer is subject to fines if he doesn't come to training camp.

They just won't take no for an answer. If nothing else, this could force Plummer to officially retire to avoid taking a financial hit.
Thu, Jun 21, 2007 01:17:00 PM

ESPN's Sal Paolantonio reports there is virtually no chance of Jake Plummer playing football in 2007.

The Bucs want Plummer to compete with Jeff Garcia, but he seems set on retirement. If Plummer doesn't play, the team will be off the hook for his $5.3 million base salary and could go after some of his $7 million signing bonus.
Wed, Jun 20, 2007 12:19:00 AM