Dominik Says Bucs Prepared To Trade Up

February 15th, 2010

Perhaps Mark Dominik was using the dean of Tampa Bay sports radio as a smoke screen, or perhaps he was serious.

Speaking to Steve Duemig, of 620 WDAE-AM, on Monday evening, the Bucs personnel czar confidently spoke of his readiness to trade up from the No. 3 overall pick to meet the team’s needs.

“We have the ability to go either direction,” Dominik said. “We’ll prepare to go either direction, which is a good option for Tampa Bay.”

It’s hard to fathom the Bucs trading up in such a deep draft, considering they are filled with holes and trading up would likely cost them a later pick. And that depth was acknowledged by Dominik in the interview, as he said he had been targeting adding picks in 2010 (Gaines Adams/Luke McCown).

Then there’s the cost concern of trading up. Dominik claims that doesn’t exist, yet Team Frugal surely won’t be confused with the league’s big spenders anytime soon.

Joe would be stunned to see the Bucs trade up. It doesn’t make sense. At least not right now.

25 Responses to “Dominik Says Bucs Prepared To Trade Up”

  1. jvato24 Says:

    It will make sense when Ndmaukong Suh is holding up a Red #1 Bucs jersey in April!

  2. gotbbucs Says:

    I think Dominik just wants the rest of the league to know that the Bucs are open to offers of any kind, whether it be during the draft or when free agency starts and trades are allowed. Just because he said they’re focused on those 10 draft picks doesn’t mean he won’t use them to get some proven value out of them through a player trade. This is shaping up to be a very interesting offseason.

  3. nick Says:

    One thing we do know is Rah and Dom wont be afraid to move up. I wouldn’t put it past them.

  4. Jake Says:

    Deumig is a fraud. What a bunch of lobs he threw at Dominik during the interview regarding the state of the Bucs. He is quick to yell and be offensive at his callers and then is lilly livered when it comes to asking the tough questions when it really matters the most.

  5. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    Well, Duemig predicted on the air he’d be blasted for asking softballs. So your comment isn’t surprising.

  6. Mike J Says:

    If they move up, the contract difference between the #3 pick & the #1 isn’t that great, but they will lose a contract or two, so may come out ahead financially overall.
    If the team isn’t in love with McCoy or Berry, I would prefer a trade down. The value in this draft is in the second round, even more so than in the average year.

  7. Radio Mushmouth Says:

    They traded up last year to get the leader of our offense (Freeman) , why wouldn’t they trade up this year to get the leader of our defense ( Suh) ?

    As far as Duemeg asking softballs : he always kisses the ass of his quests , because he wants them to come back on. He even kissed the ass of Gruden the few times he came on. This is not surprising . He is all about the ratings, not any sort of integrity or like-ability.

  8. JW Says:

    Then there’s the cost concern of trading up, which Dominik claims doesn’t exist

    Did anyone else envision Kevin Bacon from Animal House saying “everyone remain calm, all is well”?

  9. bucfanjeff Says:

    The cost of moving up from 3 to 1 is about 10mil in guaranteed money and a pick\player. We all know the Rams want a QB, we all know the Bucs want Suh. Which do you think will sell more tickets and generate more excitement? Suh or McCoy\trade back? Suh.
    I like McCoy better for the Bucs, but Suh is a stud too.
    From a business perspective, move up and take Suh. It’s really a no brainer.

  10. Florida Girl Says:

    “We’ll prepare to go either direction.” If Suh and McCoy are gone, I think the Bucs will move down, get another pick, and more importantly, avoiding the payday a #3 pick entails. Don’t be surprised if they trade down.

  11. Mike J Says:

    bucfanjeff–really?? 10 mil?? I find that hard to believe.Maybe if the 1 is a franchise QB, it might hit 6 or 8 million diff.

  12. zech Says:

    I wouldn’t be surprized if the bucs moved up to get suh but I prefer to trade down and pick up more picks so we can make trades and other things to help improve the bucs!

  13. JoeS Says:

    I would trade down. The team has too many holes. We’re not going to get Suh unless we give up a bunch of picks we can’t afford to give up. McCoy is a solid DT for the #3 pick, but others can be had later in round 1 or 2. DT is a huge need, but I think WR is a bigger need, especially since it sounds like Antonio Bryant is gone and Michael Clayton will be released.

  14. gary Says:

    Just think of the most frugal, assinine thing that could happen, and that’s what they will do.

    Gary, Joe has to sincerely apologize. Joe’s in business with 620. Feel free to e-mail Joe at if you have any questions. Again, Joe apologizes.

  15. bucfanjeff Says:

    Mike J – yes really. The position does have a lot to do with it too, but here’s the last 2 years.

    #1 Stafford 6 years, $72 million ($41.7M guaranteed) – QB
    #3 Tyson Jackson 5 years, $57 million ($31M guaranteed) – DE

    #1 Jake Long 5 years, $57.5 million ($30M guaranteed) – OT
    #3 Matt Ryan 6 years, $72 million ($34M guaranteed) – QB
    (#4 $26M guaranteed)

    My whole point is, it really won’t make much difference from a contract stance for the Bucs to move up. Also take into consideration the players we may dump. They can do it with little mess.

  16. gary Says:

    no problem Joe, great site.

  17. Tommy Boy Says:

    We can all say this for sure….Dominik and Raheem aren’t afraid of pulling the trigger on something if they have conviction in it.

    1. Veteran purge
    2. Trading up for Freeman
    3. Trading of Gaines
    4. Release of coordinators

    Positive or negative outcome, they keep things interesting. Here’s a Caybrew in hopes of all positive outcomes this offseason.

  18. Marc Says:

    Dominik was only stating that the team had “the ability to move up”. He is only trying to convince fans that money isn’t an issue(which is debateable, either way). I highly doubt the Bucs will move up in the draft because of all the positions that we are in need of, as has already been stated.

  19. gotbbucs Says:

    I don’t think that he was refering to the 1st round. I think he’ll move up and down in rounds 2 thru 5.

  20. bucsfanforlife Says:

    Trading up for Suh or McCoy only if they do well in the combine is a must! You have to understand that having a dominate DT in the Tampa Two will make the LB’s better ansd our Sec. better. OUr entire Def. benefitied because a certain #99 was a beast in the treanches.

  21. stevebucsfan Says:

    Apparently Joe’s headline writer has no ability to decipher comments by an NFL GM.

    …and was Joe trying to equate the phrase “the dean of Tampa Bay sports radio” to “Speaking to Steve Duemig”?

    Joe really needs to get out more

  22. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    SteveBucsfan – Welcome. We’ve been referring to Duemig as the “dean of Tampa sports radio” for years. …

    Also, Dominik was very clear in his comments. The Bucs are prepared to trade up. That is accurate.

  23. SteveBucsfan Says:


    ….if so….the reference has been stupid for years.

  24. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    SteveBucsFan – It is so. …And you’re welcome to call it stupid. 🙂

  25. Menzo Says:

    I would trade down. The team has too many holes. We’re not going to get Suh unless we give up a bunch of picks we can’t afford to give up. McCoy is a solid DT for the #3 pick, but others can be had later in round 1 or 2. DT is a huge need, but I think WR is a bigger need, especially since it sounds like Antonio Bryant is gone and Michael Clayton will be released.