Stocking Up On Draft PicksNovember 2nd, 2012
The “rock star” did it again.
Yesterday when Joe learned the Bucs were able not just to trade away troubled, granny-hassling, helmet-wielding, gun-toting, cabbie-slugging, coach-cussing cornerback Aqib Talib, but get a great return for him, Joe thought it was remarkable.
Talib was only going to suit up for another handful of games, after which the Bucs surely were going to let him walk on his contract year. So the fact Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik was able to find anyone to cough up a draft pick for Talib was a pretty swift move. Then, Joe heard the Patriots and Bill Belicheat were parting with a fourth round pick; Joe couldn’t believe his ears!
If anything, Dominik has demonstrated an ability to con other general managers and purloin draft picks for bags of empty peanut shells.
Notice Dominik got a draft pick out of Brian Price, who is out of football. He got a conditional draft pick for disc-spinning Kellen Winslow, who is out of football. Hell, Dominik was able to swindle a second round pick for a guy who soon after would pass away.
But there is more to this saga then just stocking up on draft picks. Turn back the time machine to April when Dominik held extra poker chips during the NFL draft. It was with that extra collateral that Dominik traded up to grab Doug Martin, and trade up to grab Lavonte David, two pillars of the team that point to brighter days ahead.
Remember this transaction of Talib for a fourth round pick next spring when Dominik likely trades up for another solid pick.
Draft picks. Smart front office men want them. Everybody wants some. Everybody needs some.