Mark Dominik Talks Freeman, Leadership & MoreMarch 14th, 2012
Fresh off writing a few fat contracts, Mark Dominik’s rockstar status was back in full swing on SiriusXM NFL Radio today. Dominik was a guest of The Blitz, with co-hosts Adam Schein and Rich Gannon, following the news conference introducing Vincent Jackson, Eric Wright and Carl Nicks. The often-barb-throwing Schein even called Dominik “an outstanding general manager.” Of course, Joe took notes.
Dominik called this year “an opportunity market” given the rare quality of free agents, in part because many players after the lockout signed one-year deals.
Dominik emphasized Jackson’s role in the development of young receivers, Mike Williams, Arrelious Benn, Dezmon Briscoe and Preston Parker. For those who want to read between lines, Dominik did not mention Sammie Stroughter. Is he odd man out?
Dominik said research on free agents encompasses everything from college days to media interviews, plus what you can find on “Tweets” and “blogs.”
Concerned about all the change around Josh Freeman in his short career? Dominik says Josh Freeman’s intelligence will overcome any issues with a new system. Dominik says Freeman already is in meetings with Mike Sullivan going over terminology.
Why Nicks? Dominik says “we got tired of playing against Carl Nicks. He’s a great football player, a two-time Pro Bowler.” Dominik reiterated that a talent like Nicks rarely hits the free agent market. When talking about the 2012 offensive line, Dominik made no mention of Jeff Faine, only Jeremy Trueblood, Donald Penn, Davin Joseph and Jeremy Zuttah.
On Wright, Dominik said “what I like so much about Eric is he’s willing to tackle and he has great ball skills.”
On Ronde Barber: “He’s earned the right to be on his time,” Dominik said of Barber’s decision-making timetable. Dominik said Barber is welcome and the Bucs are in no hurry for his decision.