“Very Under The Radar”

March 22nd, 2022


As high-profile as the Buccaneers have been for the past 24 months, somehow one player’s accomplishment has not been appreciated.

That was the firm message today from former Bucs rock star general manger Mark Dominik, who had hosting duties on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

Dominik watched Leonard Fournette sign a new contract for Doug Martin money this morning ($7 million per year) and Dominik quickly ranted about how “very under the radar” Fournette’s 69 receptions were last season. Those catches translated to 454 yards, 2 touchdowns and lots of Tom Brady comfort. And those 69 receptions led all NFC running backs.

Yes, Fournette caught more balls than any other NFC running back, and Lombardi Lenny missed three games with a hamstring injury. In the season prior to Martin getting paid in Tampa by general manager Jason Licht, he had 33 receptions.

Fournette caught 76 balls with Jacksonville the year before arriving in Tampa. So his hands were never a question.

As Dominik said, true dual-threat running backs are rewarded handsomely. Joe just hopes Fournette loves his $7 million annual contract and feels he was paid well. As of now, Fournette is being paid top-10 running back money, not the top-5 cash he was seeking.

44 Responses to ““Very Under The Radar””

  1. LVMYBUCS Says:

    What’s up RoJo anyone sign him yet?

  2. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Licht cannot be held responsible for Martin ruining his career with drug abuse.

  3. TBSwarm Says:


  4. New England Patriots Fan Says:

    Team need at least one more splash signing beyond Gronk on offense and need to draft high or sign pass rush.

    I’d like to see a cheap deal for Julio, Cole, Amendola, Edelmen, or Landry.

    Main weakness left is two pass rush threats if possible get JPP and Draft defensive starters round 1 and 2

  5. JGhotier Says:

    If you can sign Lenny to virtually the same contract $ per season as you did the Duggernaut (YEARS ago might I add), you’ve put yourself in a position to maximize value and return on investment. Really happy w/ the contracts this off-season. As much as I hate kicking the can down the road, only for the sand to fall out of the bottom eventually in same shape or form, but I totally get it in this situation and we are making smart moves and contracts/commitments I believe 🙌 another feather in the cap of Greenberg and Licht (…and Brady)

  6. Cobraboy Says:

    Brady teasing us with his Twitter video of him playing catch with Edelman.

  7. SOEbuc Says:

    If there’s another big FA move it has to be on defense.

  8. WalkdaPlank Says:

    Licht is 10x the GM the Teflon Dom was. Even after huge swing and miss draft picks like Jameis, OJ, and the immortal Roberto Aguayo. I’ll be one of the first to say that I’m sorry I ever doubted him.

  9. DBS Says:

    Nobody has signed Rojo.

  10. 1#bucsfan Says:

    Love what we are doing to keep the best offense in the league together but we will need this offense to operate flawlessly. Our defense is average at best. We need some more help or do y’all think we go heavy on defense in the draft

  11. Beeej Says:

    Someone will sign Rojo by training camp time

  12. SlyPirate Says:


    Problem: Wirfs injury. Wells was terrible in relief.
    Solution: None.

    Problem: Godwin and AB went out. The backups were okay but not great.
    Solution: Signed Gage.

    Problem: Injuries at DB. Logan Ryan replaces Whitehead.
    Solution: None

    Problem: Limited pass rush.
    Solution: None

    Licht will probably re-sign DL and vet backups at DB and OT. He’ll draft DL upgrades, DB depth, and an OT prospect.

  13. D-Rome Says:

    Drug Shamster. What a waste!

  14. Dapostman Says:

    Remember when we had Dare, Barber and RoJo coming out of the backfield.

    I do………………………..

    Fournette is a huge upgrade over those 3 combined.

  15. Bucsfanman Says:

    All Lenny has done since getting here is produce when the opportunity arose.

    I’m glad he’s back!

  16. Austin Says:

    Lenny deserves 10 mill

  17. Itsgoodtobetheking Says:

    Looks like its basically a 1-2 year deal $9M-$16M since only the former amount is guaranteed.

  18. TomR Says:

    Mr. Fournettes intangibles are worth their weight in gold. Think we are very fortunate he signed a new contract…..

  19. Casual Observer Says:

    His tangibles ain’t too bad either.

  20. Dooley Says:

    Mark Dominik was a joke!

  21. Mariano Aja from Argentina Says:

    If gronk is signed for more than one year it would mean that Tommy sign a extension too IMO

  22. BradyBucs Says:


    If Lenny stays healthy he’ll have a 1,000+ yard rushing season this year for us. He hasn’t had one since he was in Jax, where he had two 1K+ season in his first 3 years.

    Now that he’s been given a big contract, there’s no question he’s our #1 Back and they’ll use him more consistently instead of the “platooning” that was done between he and Jones during the past 2 seasons.

    Fournette for sure now becomes the Bucs Feature Back and no more reason to share carries unless it’s to give him a rest.


    I look for Mason to help us be more successful running the ball. No offense to Cappa, but he seemed mediocre in Run Blocking and more of a Pass Blocker.

    Many of our best runs in the SB, and also during the season, came off that right side behind Wirfs. If Wirfs is 100% healthy… LOOKOUT! I think Wirfs & Mason are going to combine for a sometimes unstoppable run-blocking effort off that right side.

    Ultimately, even though our Offense has been a Passing Beast, if we can somehow especially a more steady run game we can absolutely dominate other teams that won’t know what to try and stop.

  23. Buc1987 Says:

    Come on Dooley everyone knows Dominik was a Rock Star!

  24. Buc king Says:

    Get marpet on the phone now

  25. mark2001 Says:

    Buc1987,… wasn’t Dom a Pro bowl alternate selection that got to play after two ahead of his decided not to play in the game? Or was that some other guy? I get these rockstars and alternate selections to the Pro bowl quality guys confused.

  26. Buc1987 Says:

    mark2001 🙂

  27. Infomeplease Says:

    Lenny got a decent payday, not what he wanted but pretty decent and he doesn’t have to learn a new offense and find chemistry with new teammates!! Lenny wants to win and be apart of another Super Bowl run!! Lenny is a winner!! Very glad to have you back Lenny!!

    AB watch and learn something!! This is what a TEAMMATE looks like!!!!

  28. Rod Munch Says:

    Will be interesting to see the salary breakdown and if it’s a legit 3-year deal or 2-year deal. I believe I read he has $11m guaranteed, so that means 2-years, but if his base salary is a $9m signing bonus, then a $1m/$1m/$10m layout, then it means it’s really a 2-year deal at $5m a season, which would make a lot more sense than $7m per year. Then again, Brady wanted him back, so you bring him back, period.

    Next up, the Brady extension… Going to need to happen to resign Gronk / Gholston and Suh. If Brady doesn’t extend then all this season the talk is going to be about how he’s going to San Fran next year, and will be truly aggravating. Of course if Trey Lance plays lights out, that might cause a change of plans.

  29. Buczilla Says:

    I love the signing even though I don’t agree with giving anyone but superstar running backs big money. F it, as long as we have Brady, forget about the future.

  30. Aaron Says:

    Who Dat Who Dat Dat all y’all suckeraners lol wish y’all had Dat be my man Ricky Williams sure y’all know him was a beast

  31. Bill Carter Says:

    I believe we should resign Rojo

  32. Steven007 Says:

    Aaron, less than half of your post consisted of actual words. Do better, especially if you’re trying to troll us.

  33. Anonymous Says:

    Maybe Rojo should resign.

  34. Steven M. Says:

    We need Marpet to unretire.

  35. Allbuccedup Says:

    Darrel Williams backup in KC 47 catches only started 7 games because Clyde being out.

  36. Tony Says:

    Tom make it happen. LOGAN MANKINS!😀

  37. Tony Says:

    Come on Tom. Randy Moss, Ty Law & Charles Woodson, too! We all know there’s a connection between Brady & Woodson.🙄

  38. Tony Says:

    Tom we can give Richard Seymour & Vince Wilfork a call, too! See if they want to come back & play, too!

  39. 1#bucsfan Says:

    Love what we are doing to keep the best offense in the league together but we will need this offense to operate flawlessly. Our defense is needs help badley

  40. David Says:

    Vaughn is the backup then what? Someone in the draft?

    Pass rush? Seems to me Barrett, Nelson, JTS are all being counted on to step it up more. Not sure what else to do there. The best free agent is probably JPP and as much as I would love him back I don’t know how healthy he’ll be and it’s got to be cheap

  41. TONE Says:


  42. TB Says:

    Am I the only one that notices that the LT SUCKS Damn his effort sad against elite pass rushers. He doesn’t even delay them from getting at Tom

  43. Brandon Says:

    WalkdaPlank Says:
    March 22nd, 2022 at 12:19 pm
    Licht is 10x the GM the Teflon Dom was. Even after huge swing and miss draft picks like Jameis, OJ, and the immortal Roberto Aguayo. I’ll be one of the first to say that I’m sorry I ever doubted him.

    I disagree. Winston was not a bust. He just isn’t a franchise QB. He was productive and sturdy. He played out all five years of his contract and holds several franchise records. He’s also slated to be the starter in NO this year. No, he isn’t great, but was/is he better than Mariota? Yeah.

    Howard was also not a bust. He wasn’t great either but he also saw all five years of his rookie contract and definitely not a bust. He was/is still a quality NFL player… Aguayo on the other hand, bust city. One of the worst picks in franchise history. Broke so many rules of drafting in the process, too. He was not a generational talent at kicker and therefore shouldn’t have been selected in the first three rounds. He was small (unlike SBass) so due to his lack of body mass, the leg speed required to generate force and velocity, had a far lesser margin for error and erosion. Tiny kickers often suffer a big drop off, 2nd round kickers often don’t pan out, and very few kickers are worthy of top 3 rounds… and Licht ignored all that.

  44. Anonymous Says:

    1 #bucsfan

    Tom has to get this team to shift to the “hurry up” whenever he feels the opposing defense on its heels or in disarray. The Offense last year was too dinged up with so many backups that Brady couldn’t use this potent weapon of his.

    Also, seems that the Bucs haven’t used imagination much in the play-calling. No talking about trickery, alone, but running a play with a certain look that the defense never sees coming. I must give credit where it’s due, Matt Lefleur seems to be able to pull those plays out whenever the Packers needed them, granted that the best receiver in the League, Davante Adams was likely playing decoy. With all the Bucs’ weapons seems like we make it harder to drivd tge ball fir lack of that same imagination.

    Last, the Bucs must lose the NFL Record for most skill player unavailability due to soft tissue or hamstring problems. These preventable injuries are a sign of bad coaching/conditioning and player failure to be 100% warmed up and STRETCHED before ALL full speed practice and games. Unprofessional that the Bucs ALWAYS playing without one or two best skills guys due to pulled #:&:&#& hammies. Fine players who half-a** stretching conditioning or bring in more staff. Pay incentives to go full season without them. Just PLEASE fix them!!