Dominik Ruled By “Disciplined” ApproachMarch 19th, 2013
Obviously, the Bucs’ offseason is hardly a finished product (thank goodness). It’s satisfying to freak out about the moves/non-moves, but an ultimate assessment wouldn’t be fair at this point. Though Joe understands those who say, ‘What the hell is rockstar general manager Mark Dominik doing?’
Heck, Joe’s asked that question when it comes to the exits of Michael Bennett and Roy Miller.
Yesterday, Dominik offered an explanation to Rick Stroud, of the Tampa Bay Times. It seems the loss of Bennett and Miller came down to sticking to a financial plan.
Going, going: Dominik lamented the loss of DT Roy Miller to Jacksonville and DE Michael Bennett to Seattle, but said they exceeded the value the Bucs had on them in an allocation system.
“Roy is a good defensive tackle,” Dominik said. “He played well for us. The market is what it is. The same with Michael Bennett. We have limits with what we can do. We have a value on every player. When you get more disciplined in doing that, you don’t get to sign a player back because someone values him more.”
Now Stroud’s use of the word “lamented” seems over the top. Here’s the definition. Joe finds it difficult to believe Dominik is saddened by the loss of players he let walk away. Both Bennett and Miller were clear in their desires to remain Buccaneers for many weeks following the 2012 regular season.
As for this player-value/discipline thing, Joe gets the concept, but there’s a load of gray area there. Even the average fan knew Dominik overpaid for Eric Wright and Quincy Black immediately upon their signings.
Some players are worth overpaying because of their specific value to a team and a scheme. A “custom-built” for the Bucs nose tackle for $2 million and change a season comes to mind.