Mark Dominik Content… For NowMay 16th, 2012
Last week when Bucs defensive end Da’Quan Bowers blew out his Achilles tendon in his right leg, which appears to be a season-ending injury it was a bad hit for the depth of a yet unproven Bucs defensive line.
New Bucs coach referred to Bowers’ injury as “a great loss.”
That, however, didn’t put Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik into panic mode. Dominik said yesterday at the Bucs OTA that he is willing to see how his current troops hold up before he does anything rash in trying to replace the void left by Bowers’ injury, so documents cool cat Scott Purks of CBSSports.com.
“Right now, I think we’re trying to evaluate these men that we have here for a little bit before we feel like we have to [look for a free agent replacement].”
This is the smart thing to do. As Pat Kirwan said yesterday on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Dominik can always workout free agent defensive ends at One Buc Palace and tell their agents to not sign a deal anywhere before they call Dominik.
Though word out of Gotham suggests stud, versatile Giants defensive lineman Osi Umenyiora can be had for a third round pick, and while Joe would love to have him on the Bucs roster, Umenyiora is in his contract year, is barking for big money, and has a gimpy knee.
So a trade for Umenyiora would likely mean little more than a rent-a-player. Let’s see how George Johnson pans out before Dominik has to push the panic button.
It’s still possible that the Bucs could survive a season without Bowers.