Mark Dominik Isn’t Going AnywhereMarch 18th, 2013
Based on how much Joe has been bombarded with e-mails and Twitter messages, Joe knows Bucs fans are in an uproar over what has transpired last week with their beloved team.
While Bucs fans universally stood and applauded Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik’s prowess landing free agent safety Dashon Goldson, there are still so many holes in the Bucs defense, Norv Turner’s acne springs to mind.
Gone is starting left defensive end Michael Bennett.
Gone is starting nose tackle Roy Miller.
Gone is starting strongside linebacker Quincy Black.
And don’t get Joe started on the cornerbacks. It’s a frightening thought.
Now one main reason Bucs fans are up in arms with their team is, in their perception, the lack of movement in acquiring Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis. So unnerved are Bucs fans, one actually asked Joe if Team Glazer would sack Dominik if he cannot get Revis.
Joe’s answer? Not just no, but hell no!
Look, this is the NFL we are discussing here, not fantasy football where you can just click on a button to accept a trade. Joe was mocked when he (correctly) surmised that when Jets general manager John Idzik was in Tuscaloosa for Alabama’s Pro Day, that there would be no trade movement. There is just no way Idzik was going to move his best player and Jets owner Woody Johnson’s pet player while Idzik was up to his elbows in barbecue at Dreamland sitting in some backroom booth.
For the Bucs to make a deal on Revis, a contract extension will have to be worked out. Not even Vinny Cerrato is stupid enough to trade potentially a first round pick to have a guy for five months and watch him bolt for free agency.
To date, the Jets have stonewalled Dominik. They have not granted Dominik permission to talk to Revis’ agents. You can’t negotiate a contract if you can’t talk to the agent(s).
Then, there is this little nugget from Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. If the Jets trade Revis before June 1, the team gets hammered with an ugly salary cap hit.
If the Jets trade Revis before June 1, they’ll be hit with a $13 million cap charge, but he’ll be off the books next season.
Right there is why you see the Jets strong-arming Dominik. That’s a major penalty on a team that is looking for cap room as it is.
For that reason alone, Joe doesn’t expect any transaction on Revis being completed for a couple of months.
Now Dominik, who is at the NFL owners meetings this week in Arizona, as is Idzik, may work out the parameters of a trade this week, which would enable both teams to pull the trigger after June 1. That could very well happen.
But for Bucs fans who are cursing at their bartenders and kicking their dogs because Dominik hasn’t landed Revis yet, brace yourselves. If it happens, it may not be for a while.
And no, Dominik will not lose his job over where Revis plays this fall.
UPDATE: Per @NFLosophy, who is a former NFL front office type, “If [Revis is] traded before June 1, Jets eat $12 million in dead money for 2013. If after [June 1], it’s a $3 million charge for 2014.