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First Day Of Free Agency Is Not Interesting

March 13, 2013 at 02:05am by Scott   •  11 Comments »

I like a safety who just punches the receiver.
The first day of free agency came and went for the Bucs and it was a lot like last year, except instead of three big name free agents they got zero. But that doesn’t mean they’re not looking around. In fact, Dashon Goldson is making Tampa his first free agent visit.

On Tuesday, the 49ers All-Pro boarded a private jet charted by the Buccaneers and flew across the country to Tampa Bay where he could become among the highest-paid safeties in the NFL today.

And somewhere Ronde Barber is regretting playing so aloof with his retirement talk. If the Bucs sign Goldson, the only way Barber comes back is as a backup safety/nickel corner and he’s not the kind of guy to take on that kind of role.

And the Darrelle Revis to Tampa talk is still getting traction in the media.

The Jets are believed to be seeking a first-round pick. Even if the teams agree on draft compensation, the Bucs would have to reach a contract extension with Revis, who wants $15 million to $16 million per year despite playing in only two games last season because of a torn ACL in his left knee.

And we all know Mark Dominik is smart enough to not cash in the #13 pick for a player who is going to cost so much coin and still won’t be happy with it next year. Then again

Devious pranksters with too much time of their hands appear to have conducted an interesting (and probably illegal) experiment that put Bucs general manager Mark Dominik on Front Street.

On Friday, just before the start of the NFL’s three-day free-agent negotiating period, the pranksters, after making a call to Bills general manager Buddy Nix posing as Dominik, somehow got access to the eventual callback from Nix to Dominik.

They surreptitiously recorded the 5-minute call and shared the clip with Deadspin.com. In it, Dominik laments the uselessness of the negotiating period and discusses his efforts to trade running back LeGarrette Blount and receiver Arrelious Benn (he claimed there’s some interest in both).

Just kidding, Mark. This isn’t your fault. And “probably” illegal is bullshit. It’s definitely illegal. Florida’s wiretapping law is very clear about both parties needing to give consent to record a call. Reading the article, Dominik didn’t say anything out of line or even anything very surprising. He wanted to trade Blount? The hell you say! And I actually didn’t remember Benn was on the team until I read this article, so if he can get anything at all for him, he wins Trade of the Year honors.

The only thing that was a little revealing is that he is looking to move Jamon Meredith, which may tip his hand that he is looking to take a right tackle early in the draft, which I think is great because the draft is deep at tackle. D.J. Fluker (Alabama) and Lane Johnson (Oklahoma) will both still be there and should even be available lower than #13 if the Bucs can trade down. Fluker is a monster and paired up with Davin Joseph on the right side will provide running lanes on the right all day long. Fluker has slow feet, though, and needs to work to be more nimble if he is going to be an elite tackle. Johnson is the opposite — quick feet and an excellent pass protector, but only an average run blocker. That’s because he doesn’t have the same size as Fluker (he is a former junior college quarterback) but he’s got all the smarts and skills to keep Josh Freeman clean on the right.

So yeah, kind of a waste of a prank and a wiretap. Next maybe they’ll catch Dominik reading a grocery list to his wife. And then they can try to make something interesting out of that. “Dominik, in a stunning revelation, said he prefers RC to Coke or Pepsi. We always knew the Bucs were cheap!”

11 Comments to “First Day Of Free Agency Is Not Interesting”

mcLovin

mcLovin (March 13, 2013 at 07:59am:

That’s funny, I forgot all about Benn too, I guess he’s looking for a new slot receiver. Maybe Welker or Edelman? In the recording he says there is more interest in Benn than Blount, and no interest in Merideth. I wouldn’t mind a RT either but where will the all the CB’s come from? Please no Revis, does everyone think they should waive Wright? He might be the only CB on the roster, I don’t know we should make things worse back there, but I trust Dominik has a decent plan

manbearpig

manbearpig (March 13, 2013 at 11:01am:

Royal Crown Cola. I forgot that existed.

Louie

Louie (March 13, 2013 at 11:28am:

I’m with Dom & Nix — this 3 day window sucks. The start of free agency used to be exciting with all the signings. Yesterday afternoon/evening was a total snoozer. I hope things get going today.

manbearpig

manbearpig (March 13, 2013 at 03:34pm:

Got us another safety boys!!!

BaldBuc4055

BaldBuc4055 (March 13, 2013 at 03:42pm:

While I’m hoping we can fill these gaping holes at corner, I’m very excited about the signing of Goldson. Perfect combo of a vet and a younger guy in Barron back at the safety spots.

J. Martin

J. Martin (March 13, 2013 at 04:03pm:

Amazing about Goldson.

mcLovin: I’m also wondering about what’s going on with Wright. I would think they’d have released him by now if they were going to. It seems a bit rude to not let him work to sign with another team if they’re going to cut him anyway — which makes me think they’re planning to keep him. Though maybe they need to keep him for now in order to make some other moves, or in case some of their plans don’t work out.

avanderlay

avanderlay (March 13, 2013 at 05:36pm:

We overpaid for Goldson but I like him as a player A LOT (wanted them to make a run for him last year).

Regarding the Eric Wright questions – according to PFT Wright is appealing the Buc’s position that his suspension voided the guaranteed money in his contract. If he wins that appeal or whatever it is, the Bucs are on the hook for something like 7.75 million for him in 2013. So his status is in limbo until this contract dispute is settled before Dominik can decide if he’s cutbait or not.

manbearpig

manbearpig (March 13, 2013 at 07:33pm:

Only 22 mil is guaranteed over 5 years. I’m not so sure that is over paid. Plus I’m sure there are all types of clauses like every other contract dominik draws up. I’m worried about them getting antsy in the pantsy for revis. I really don’t think he is worth the risk/price.

Matt Price

Matt Price (March 13, 2013 at 09:39pm:

I think the Goldson trade was great and I’m on board with a Revis trade too. Those additions should give us a hell of a defense and defense wins championships.

forthntwint

forthntwint (March 13, 2013 at 09:42pm:

Just stole Jonathan Cassillas from the “aints” on a 1 yr 3 mil deal… not a great pickup but we need help at lb

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