Semantics Cloud Bucs’ Interest In Marshall

April 19th, 2010
Good question, Justin. But how do you define competitive?

"Good question, Justin. But how do you define 'competitive?'"

Joe’s not going to beat an almost-dead horse too much here. But a fresh report out of the Denver Post today attempts to clarify that the Bucs were one of the 11th-hour negotiators for wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

Yet here’s what Mark Dominik said to the local MSM last week, after a report claimed the Bucs were finalists for Marshall, who was dealt to Miami:

“Did we have a pulse of what was going on? Absolutely. I know there was a report out there that we were one of the four finalists for Brandon Marshall. That’s not true,” Dominik said, per the St. Pete Times.

Here’s what the Denver Post’s Mike Kils published today:

At the AFC coaches’ breakfast March 23, Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said he didn’t think Marshall would be a good fit for his team. The media crossed off Miami as a potential destination.

Later that day, McGuire met with executives of the Seahawks, Jets and Buccaneers. The Jets were ready to present Marshall with an offer sheet, which would have meant surrendering their first-round pick, No. 29 overall, to the Broncos.

Kils continued:

That meant McGuire was constantly talking to Broncos coach Josh McDaniels about what he would accept in return.

“Josh, at the end of the day, genuinely wanted Brandon to be happy,” McGuire said. “The public perception of Josh and Brandon’s relationship was not reality.”

When Marshall signed his tender last Tuesday, McGuire knew he would soon have a deal completed with one of three teams — Tampa Bay, Seattle or Miami.

Joe knows the truth here probably lies in how Dominik defines “finalist.”

Joe wonders if Dominik considered the Bucs a “finalist” for Albert Haynesworth last year.

2 Responses to “Semantics Cloud Bucs’ Interest In Marshall”

  1. Mr. lucky Says:

    In looking at his family tree is Dominik related to Bill Clinton?

    “It depends on what the meaning of the words ‘is’ is.” –Bill Clinton, during his 1998 grand jury testimony on the Monica Lewinsky affair

    “It depends on how you define alone…” –Bill Clinton, in his grand jury testimony

    “It depends upon how you define finalist…” – Mark Dominik

  2. Gary Says:

    We didn’t get Marshall and further talk of what could’ve been is depressing. We just need to move on and focus on the draft since front office will “have” to do something in the form of making picks.

    Trades and signings associated with the Bucs never seem happen. We’re like a friggin’ bridesmaid. Even when we got Winslow there was no rumour about it. It just happened.