Bucs Could Be Changing Free Agent PhilosophyMarch 27th, 2011
In recent years, since Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik got burned by free agency (and nearly roasted out of a job when he almost landed Facestomper Haynesworth), Dominik has seen the light and has pretty much avoided free agency like a breakout of the hives.
And why go after high-priced, often over-the-hill free agents? The Steelers have built a dynasty doing without them. Packers general manager Ted Thompson loathes free agents. Seems as though the Packers have done OK.
But in a recent chat with Raheem Morris, Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times believes the Bucs may be eyeing free agents in the not too distant future.
But after a 10-6 season in which the Bucs narrowly missed the playoffs, and given the production of young stars such as Josh Freeman, Mike Williams and LeGarrette Blount, coach Raheem Morris says it could be time to add free-agent pieces to push Tampa Bay back over the top, especially with about 500 players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents when the lockout ends.
“We wanted to accumulate talent throughout the draft, and it was no different in 2002 and 2001, when our ownership went out and got a Simeon Rice, a Brad Johnson or a Keenan McCardell (in free agency) in order to push that team over the top and help the draft classes of Derrick Brooks, Warren Sapp, John Lynch and Ronde Barber,” Morris said at the owners meetings last week in New Orleans. “We may be nearing that plateau. As soon as the free agency season is able to be open, some of those discussions will be more realistic. You’re talking about adding components, getting the right guy, a good fit.”
After Dominik’s first foray into free agency in his first few months on the job (Mike Nugent, anyone?) Joe believes Dominik won’t go after top-flight, cost-heavy players. Instead, he will look at second tier guys to bolster roster depth and be serviceable starters, not unlike a Sean Jones.