Dominik Says He’s Open To Trading Down

March 15th, 2012

The way the NFL Draft is shaping up the Bucs will have strong options with their No. 5 overall pick.

And one option could be trading down, so says rockstar general manager Mark Dominik.

“We’re not married to that No. 5 spot,” Dominik said on ProFootballTalk Live to host Mike Florio today. “We’re open for business.”

Of course, this likely is all GMspeak as there’s no reason why Dominik wouldn’t consider offers, especially if some fool team wants to offer a king’s bounty for the right to draft Ryan Tannehill. It’s not like the Bucs couldn’t use more premium picks.

22 Responses to “Dominik Says He’s Open To Trading Down”

  1. BonesMahoney Says:

    I’d expect him to say this. With what they did in FA they are in good position to go BPA with the number 5 pick, but if some team offers a great deal you move down and do the same, just with more picks. We’re in a great position for the draft.

  2. T in Orlando Says:

    I hope so. Look for us to move down two spots to 7, if Blackmon is availble at 5, as I hear the Jags really like him, and would likely need to leap ahead of the Rams to get him. We should be able to get a 3rd for that, maybe a 2nd.

  3. MichiganBucsFan Says:

    hey Joe, you should share this with all the readers on this site so we can all give the ’02 Bucs their due

  4. Sam Says:

    I would love to move down to #7 but no further than #10 then we take the top LB of the draft and really help our front 7! And hopefully well get okoye from what i just read in the last article

  5. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    They don’t even need a king’s ransom. Just the normal value or slightly higher according to the chart would be fine. My preference would be trading down anywhere from #8 to #11 and taking Kuechly. He’s going to be a stud MLB for years to come and we need that more than any other position right now.

  6. NoTradePartners Says:

    I don’t know why so many people are speculating that the Bucs are going to have a trade partner that want’s Tannehill and is going to give up a ransom of picks to get him. If Cleveland wants him they will take him at 4. Any other team that wanted him would simply trade with the Rams who now have the 6 pick from the Redskins. It’s not the Rams have any plans to draft him so a team would never trade for the 5 pick when they could select him after trading for the 6.

  7. Garv Says:

    I certainly like the position we’re in after the recent FA haul.
    There will probably be some more FA’s coming in too, second and third tier, that will help.
    Having typed that, I still like Claiborne if we stay at 5.

    Grinning from ear to ear in Sarasota!

  8. Macabee Says:

    The option to trade down just got much better when they signed Eric Wright. In my opinion, there was not enough daylight between Claiborne, Kirkpatrick, Jenkins, or Gilmore at the combine or on tape for me to conclude that Claiborne is a once-in-a-decade CB. If the Bucs believe they have their big back in Blount, there are lots of complementary backs in rounds 2-5. They now have Jackson, so the need for Blackmon is diminished. Why wouldn’t they be open for business?
    Picks 1 and 2 have been made now. The Vikings will take Kalil and the Browns are still in search of a QB. They are not in the Manning sweepstakes. If they don’t get Flynn and Tannehill has a good pro day on March 29, they will take him. If they do get Flynn in FA, then they are more likely to take Richardson since they lost Hillis to KC.

    The impressive pro day by Blackmon puts the Bucs in a favorable position to trade down. The Browns could take Blackmon or Claiborne. But, 3 of the group of Tannehill, Blackmon, Claiborne, and Richardson are going to be there at 5 and lots of teams will have an interest. Somebody, including the Rams is going to want to trade up to ensure they get Blackmon if he is there. And there is plenty of demand for any of the others at 5. The Rams, Browns, and Bengals have the needs and the extra picks to make the trade.

    Just think of the possibilities. If we could scare the Rams into believing that Carolina wanted Blackmon for Cam Newton (we better hope that doesn’t happen either) or some other team needing a #1 WR, we could trade down 1 for the 2nd they got from the Redskins and still have a shot at Claiborne or Richardson or trade down again and continue to warehouse picks.

    The Bucs should, at minimum, get a 2nd and a 4th in the most likely scenario. With 2 extra picks and 2 more comp picks for Ruud and Cadillac (total of 10 picks), we should be good to go! That’s a lot of LBs, CBs, RBs, and maybe an OT or TE or both. This could be a miracle year!

  9. Big Picture Guy Says:

    Dom is like Joe saying he is open for business to the Bucs cheerleaders. But is anyone going to bite? Doubtful.

    Why would anyone want to trade into the #5 pick? Teams generally are not trading up unless it is for QBs, no one believes in taking RBs in the top 10 anymore it seems, and CB is a position of depth in the 1st round. No one would trade up for Claiborne when they could save their picks and get 1 of 3 other guys available.

    If someone wants to draft Tannehill, and views the Dolphins as their only obstacle, then they would trade up with the Jags. Why pay someone more than u have to in a slotted rookie salary system, and why give up more picks than u have to if u need only slip into pick #7, instead of 5?

    Business may be open, but I doubt anyone will be lining up WHERE the bucs are selling. Location, location, location.

  10. Lion Says:


    We will most likely only get a couple of 7th rounders for Caddy and Ruud, unfortunately.

  11. RustyRhino Says:

    If Claiborne & Richardson are not there at # 5 and we have no trade partners I hope we just take what we need a MLB one named Kuechly.
    Yeah I know you shouldn’t take MLB this high but if both players we like and can use are gone with no dance partner willing to dance. Take what position player “we” need and this is MLB with this pick. We then have a young team that is growing up together. I would like a Vet MLB as insurance and to help this transition, but we will see.

  12. Bobby Says:


  13. Bobby Says:

    @ Lion….Nevermind. I get it now. I didn’t realize we had any comp picks coming for those guys.

  14. Bobby Says:

    I’ve been rethinking the draft and I’m no longer as certain what they will do at #5. Signing Nicks and Wright kind of changed the landscape. Trent Richardson begins to look like more of a possibility if we can’t move down. I mean…can you imagine hitting teams with Blount and Richardson over and over and then going to the air with V-Jax, Williams, & Benn or maybe even Richardson out of the backfield?? It just seems like it would be next to impossible to shut down.
    Certainly would be the defense’s best friend. Before Nicks I was dead set against Richardson but now he seems a lot more intriguing. We could get a decent CB in round 2 or a LB. It’s a lot harder to predict now.

  15. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    If we draft Richardson (and assuming Freeman’s 2010 wasn’t a fluke) and we have a top offense. I know some of you hate to hear that, but I can guarantee you those saying that have never seen Richardson actually play. Watch NFL Network and listen to the experts, they ALL say he’s who we should take at #5. No offense to Joe and all the other anti-Richardson people, but I’m taking their advice over yours.

  16. IndianaBuc Says:

    With all due respect you could make the same argument of drafting Blackman at #5 as you can with Richardson and Claiborne. The last thing I think they need is a rookie LB that high that reminds me of Ruud. They need a vet in the middle to make sure everyone lined up right and understand the speed at the pro level. So Dom let’s make it happen and sign Lofton!!

  17. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I’m with you on that IndianaBuc. Up until we signed V-Jax, Blackmon is actually the guy I wanted. However, at this point, I’d go with Richardson. I’m all for signing Lofton, but the chances of that happening don’t look too good. He’s visiting NO next, and they obviously need/want to get rid of Vilma and his pending suspension.

  18. stevek Says:

    Agree with Indiana Buc,

    Go out and sign Lofton, also add in some Safety depth and the DT Okoye.

  19. stevek Says:

    Agree with Indiana Buc,

    Go out and sign Lofton, also add in some Safety depth and the DT Okoye.

  20. Marques Says:

    Dropped the ball not signing Bennett and getting rid of K2. At 2.5 mil that was reasonable.

  21. Brandon Says:

    The Bucs are getting ZERO compensation for free agents this season. They lost Ruud and Williams to near veteran minimum contracts and picked up Michael Koenen whom they paid $3 million a season for. It’s based on dollars, not players lost.

    As for teams moving up or down…. Either the Dolphins, Jaguars, or Seahawks could be interested in moving up for Tannehill.

    The Dolphins could be interested in moving up for a #1 WR if they sign Matt Flynn. Justin Blackmon could fit the bill for them if he is there.

    Any team could be interested in CB Claiborne… personally I want to trade down into the 8-12 range to pickup the best MLB prospect in years in Luke Kuechly. Having the QB of the defense for the next 10-15 seasons would be huge for this defense. Even when Lewis and Urlacher aren’t 100%, their teams play their tails off when those guys are on the field. Kuechly is that type of player. He’s the guy we should be targeting. MLB is a position that must be solidified if this team is to start moving in the right direction.

  22. Dave Says:

    If he wants to trade down and picks up another second round… go for it.

    THEN they could grab RB Richardson and get a good CB (Jenkins among others) along with a good LB and still use the third round to get a good RB (or vice -versa on the Lb & RB rounds).

    Plus they would probably get another pick for round 4 or soemthing for next year…. depends on how far they swap down.

    Got to keep al options open.