Earlier today it was widely reported that Davin Joseph was still waiting on the Bucs to even make an initial offer on a contract. The Buccaneers’ right guard took to Twitter to mention the fact his agent had been on the phone with other teams, but was yet to hear from the Buccaneer team that drafted Joseph in 2006. This was more than a little alarming considering the Bucs have been pretty open about their desire to extend Joseph.
Well, it appears based on the framework currently being abided by for this NFL off-season, that NFL teams can only meet in person with their own free agents at this point in time. So while Davin Joseph may feel slighted, it’s not as vital Mark Dominik spend his precious time negotiating a new contract with Joseph, because he can’t even meet with other teams yet.
Right now Mark Dominik needs to focus on signing rookies, both the ones Tampa drafted and any last UDFA’s that may still be on the street. After that is handled, I’m sure Davin Joseph becomes priority number one, but right now without the ability to even sit down and a have a face-to-face with other squads, Dominik can afford to stick to his own timetable. The one thing you do hope is that this tact doesn’t drive up the price in negotiations, but all things considered that’s literally a risk the Bucs can afford to take.
I’m going to side with Dominik and assume he’s making the smartest move possible here. He knows his time, and that of the front office, is better allocated elsewhere just two days in to the post-lockout NFL year. The time will come to negotiate with Joseph, but for now just take pride in the level of efficiency and acumen with which the Bucs front office is currently operating. Each team had to learn the new economics of the CBA before they could do anything in this off-season. The Bucs managed to learn it so quickly, and thoroughly, that they had Adrian Clayborn signed to a contract before dawn broke on the second full day of the off-season. Seen many other first-rounders signed yet?
If Mark Dominik is taking his time with Davin Joseph, it’s because he knows what he’s doing.