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Onward and Upward: Mark Dominik and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Moving On To Other Needs


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.

Tags: Free Agency Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • RussMillerWY

    The best thing about the Buccaneers strategy so far is how each move has been sudden and surprising. The Jets have to pay Revis a million dollar roster bonus on Saturday. The wait while the Jets mull the Bucs offer and while the Bucs hopefully are allowed to be simultaneously discussing an extension with Revis’s agent is the only thing delaying their CB addition. However, all the top TEs are already gone, so we might guess they’ve committed to drafting one– maybe. My other guess is that with Drew Stanton choosing Arizona they will now go after David Carr and/or Matt Cassel to battle Orlovsky in camp, and Leon Washington or Stephens-Howling as RB/KRs. Then again, who knows?

    • http://twitter.com/kenboehlke Ken Boehlke

      Agree across the board. But with two CB’s off the board yesterday, the focus may shift back there real quick. If Grimes or Smith goes somewhere other than here, the urgency will be a lot greater.