Breaking news: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed Nnamdi Asomugha. NO NO No, put down your twitter! Obviously that’s not true and if you’ve paid attention over the last few years you would have known that wasn’t going to happen. As I told you in a previous article “In the Trenches”, it was my opinion that the Bucs shouldn’t and wouldn’t go out and make major splashes in free agency and sign guys such as Nnamdi and Santonio Holmes.
There are legions of Buccaneer fans who are still at this moment waiting by the computer and pouring over twitter content in hopes that the next tweet will be one that brings news of a huge signing. Those fans I guess didn’t listen to Mark Dominik at his latest press conference or pay much attention to how things have operated at One Buc since the Dominik era began. Dominik’s plan since his arrival has been pretty simple. Put a lot more emphasis on the overall draft not just the first few rounds, develop the talent that was brought in through the draft and then reward those players that excel. Nowhere in that plan does it say to sign a 30 yr old corner that has plans to star in movies while trying to win a Lombardi Trophy. That certainly isn’t a knock on Nnamdi as he is a great corner, but is any corner (Nnamdi, Revis, Joseph, Samuels) worth the kind of money that Nnamdi is going to command. In my opinion absolutely not, unless you’re a stone’s throw from the Super Bowl and Bucs fans while I think were on the verge of something special down here in Tampa I don’t think were as close as about 5-8 other teams are.
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The Bucs on the other hand have gone about this crazy free agency in their own modest way. Dominik and the Bucs haven’t
change course and sign someone like Nnamdi or Jonathan Joseph, sure there is but I wouldn’t wait on twitter like it’s going to happen.
Another shocker, to some anyways was that the Bucs apparently have said no
thank you and goodbye to Barrett Ruud and will most likely insert new MLB draftee Mason Fastor or FA Tyrone McKenzie in the starting lineup. In my eyes this is just a part of the plan and shows that the Glazers and Dominik are looking to the future and not necessarily the short term. A lot of fans will be upset with this and say that the Bucs are close and the Glazers are just cheap but it’s kind of hard to argue with the success that Dominik has had on and off the field. The Bucs could be on the threshold of the playoffs but there are quite a few teams I would put ahead of them for a championship. I’m not saying this plan that Dominik and the Glazers have is the right or wrong way to go about building a team and perennial winner all I’m saying is its clea
r as day this organization has a plan in place and is staying close to the guidelines it set up. Whether or not this plan is successful will probably determine Mark Dominiks time in Tampa, it certainly did for Jon Gruden and Bruce Allen who had the exact opposite approach to free agency and the draft.