Even though it took a full day to get the ink on the paper, the Buccaneers did not waste time going after their top target in free agency. Dashon Goldson was on a plane heading to Tampa and became the newest Buccaneer hours later.
Mark Dominik knows his team has a few needs, namely on the defensive side. What he was able to do was look at the market at each position and identify where he needed to strike first. He has done that, so now it is on to the other needs.
Bucs fans everywhere know cornerback is a huge area of opportunity for the team. Dominik certainly would agree with that assessment. However, don’t expect to see the Buccaneers move quickly into that market. There are about five high level cornerbacks that are unrestricted free agents and another big fish on the trade market in New York. Therefore, that market is incredibly strong, yet watered down by the sheer quantity of available options.
Expect the Bucs to shift their focus toward other areas they’ve identified first. Backup QB, return specialist, defensive line. While these may not be as glaring of weaknesses, the markets are not as overflowing with talent as with the DB’s.
Tampa Bay can wait for the market to dictate how they will attack. If one or two of the corners come off in the next 24 hours, then you know the Bucs will jump in there and snag their guy. If not, they have time to address other needs and by doing so gather more information about available funds.
The perfect scenario would have the Buccaneers feeling like the need left is at cornerback before any of the top guys sign elsewhere. By doing so, they will know exactly where they stand and have much more flexibility when it comes to using up the remaining cap space, as well as the freedom to deal this years draft picks.
Mark Dominik has a plan, and I’m sure that plan involves signing one or more CB’s. But just don’t get antsy if it doesn’t happen in the next few days, cause after all it’s in the team’s best interest to wait as long as possible. The recent of signing of Jonathan Casillas is just the start.