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Tampa Bay Buccaneers notes: Dominik wants TE Clark to return







 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Dallas Clark celebrates the overtime game-winner against Carolina, one of his four TD receptions in 2012.





 By ROY CUMMINGS| The Tampa Tribune
Published: January 24, 2013





MOBILE, Ala. --

While Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik spends his days here at the Senior Bowl doing the scouting portion of his job, he usually spends the evening tending to the business side.
 
 In addition to interviewing coaching candidates, Dominik spends a lot of the evenings meeting with the agents for prospective Bucs free agents to get a read on what they want to do once the free-agent market opens up.
 
 One such meeting Dominik hoped to have this week was with the agent for veteran tight end Dallas Clark, who Dominik would like to have back for at least another year, as long as Clark is interested in returning.
 
 "I need to talk to his agent and figure out where they're at first because that's where it all starts,'' Dominik said. "Two people have to come together to make a deal happen as opposed to one side is happy and the other isn't so sure what it wants to do yet.
 
 "But I was certainly happy with the way Dallas Clark played this year. He played 16 solid games and he stayed healthy, which is what a lot of people's concerns were.''
 
 Clark, signed as a free agent before the 2012 season after nine years in Indianapolis, caught 47 passes for 435 yards and four touchdowns, his best year from a statistical standpoint since 2009.
 
But Clark often sounded uncertain about his future in the game, much less in Tampa, near the end of the season.
 
 "Coach (Greg) Schiano talked to him at the end of the season, and I didn't get that sense from him,'' Dominik said. "I don't think Dallas Clark is contemplating retirement yet.
 
 "At the same time, we do have to sit back and look at the whole situation, and he has to make his decision. But the thing is, we brought him in here, and he played well for us. He was productive.''
 



 RINGING ENDORSEMENT:  Free agency is nothing more than a roll of the dice, but Dominik believes the Bucs hit the jackpot when they grabbed WR Vincent Jackson - and not just because of his production on the field.
 
 Jackson, who will appear in Sunday's Pro Bowl along with DT Gerald McCoy and RB Doug Martin, led the Bucs in receptions and receiving yards in 2012 and proved to be a leader off the field as well.
 
 Jackson now appears to be leading the charge in the Bucs' quest to improve, expressing a willingness to play ambassador for the team once the free-agent market opens up in March.
 
 "I would tell anyone interested in coming here that this is a top-notch organization and that we have a top-notch structure here and great coaches,'' Jackson said.
 
 "They've built a system of family and continuity here, not only within the team itself, but I think they've done a good job in the community as well. I couldn't be more impressed with Coach Schiano and his staff.
 
 "I mean, the way they came in here in one year, being from the collegiate level, and then the way they dealt with us as professionals and how the head coach got his message across and got guys to buy in.
 
 "He did an excellent job of that, and he's a lot of fun to play for, and he's a competitive guy, and he's going to make sure you're as well prepared as you can possibly be.''
 


 PAY THE MAN: The Bucs believe they found a diamond in the rough when they picked up DL Daniel Te'o-Nesheim a year ago, but now comes the hard part. The Bucs have to pay him, and it looks like they will.
 
 After making 40 tackles and four sacks as replacement for DE Adrian Clayborn (knee injury) this year, Te'O-Nesheim will be a restricted free agent this offseason.
 
 Anyone looking to grab him, though, will have to compensate the Bucs with at least a third-round draft pick because that's the round he was selected in during the 2010 draft. But the price may be much higher.
 
 Dominik indicated this week that he may offer Te'O-Nesheim a second-round tender - or maybe even a first-round tender - to ensure he retains a player who has proved to be a valuable member of the defensive line rotation.

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#1 : January 25, 2013, 01:14:48 AM

Doesn't sound like he wants to come back. They need an upgrade at that position anyways.

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#2 : January 25, 2013, 11:24:40 AM

We need some good young talent regardless of what Clark does.

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#3 : January 25, 2013, 11:31:30 AM

Gronkowski and Graham define what todays TEs need to be.........size, strength, and good hands are on the agenda if you're not brain dead.......

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#4 : January 25, 2013, 11:47:59 AM

Gronkowski and Graham define what todays TEs need to be.........size, strength, and good hands are on the agenda if you're not brain dead.......
Graham has terrible hands, he is always at the top or towards the top of the NFL in drops.


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#5 : January 25, 2013, 12:07:32 PM

Let him walk, build through the draft

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#6 : January 25, 2013, 12:12:39 PM

Let him walk, build through the draft

You got it bro'........

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#7 : January 25, 2013, 12:12:56 PM

Clark is dependable but replaceable. 2013 is a good year to do that. We need a productive TE who has a future in the league.

What a pickup VJax has been for the Bucs. Great production. Great attitude. Great recruiter.

In all of the discussions on DEs the one most overlooked is Te'o. We don't need another young inexperienced DE thrown into the mix. We need to sort them out and see who can produce. We haven't seen enough to determine who should start and who should rotate in when the starter needs a break. Te'o gets a first round tender vote from me, but I could be wrong.

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#8 : January 25, 2013, 12:18:33 PM

I'm missing something here. I thought Te'o was a reality show linebacker......

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#9 : January 25, 2013, 12:21:56 PM

Schiano has a 5 year contract, with 4 years remaining.IMO 2012 was to instill a new culture and he succeeded, as well as weeding out the malcontents. IMHO, 2013 is the year to determine who are the Bucs going to build the eventual Super Bowl Champions on, including the coaches. All others, who are not keepers long term might get flushed down the toilet. I really dont see Schiano or Dom taking a band aid approach to this year. If 2012 is any indication with David, Martin, Barron, Nicks and Jackson as evidence, this is the direction the Bucs will go. So marginal players, take your pick, will be gone to clear the way for long term players who can be coached up for the long haul.

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#10 : January 25, 2013, 12:33:00 PM

Put 15-20 pounds on Benn and see if he can block.

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#11 : January 25, 2013, 12:38:28 PM

Clark was good at receiving, and I'm sure that he still can be, but he makes the offense one dimensional since he can't block. A lot of runs were blown up because he would let a defender in the backside to make a tackle on Martin. The Bucs won the Falcons game because of the way that they used Luke Stocker. We need someone with a bit more talent at receiving than Stocker though. If we bring back Clark, I hope that it's for cheap, and that he's used more as a slot receiver or in 2 TE sets.

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#12 : January 25, 2013, 12:41:18 PM

Benn is a semi bust.
Keep Clark for another year
See what T'eo is made of
Draft well on D and keep backups...


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#13 : January 25, 2013, 01:56:22 PM

A first round tender for Teo makes no sense unless it's strictly a negotiating tool against Bennett


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#14 : January 25, 2013, 03:26:38 PM

I don't think keeping Clark would at all change the course at TE. We still could and should take a TE fairly early if one isn't signed.

Clark is a situational player really and it would benefit him to be utilized less in the traditional TE role. A high(ish) draft pick along with Clark and Stocker would be a very good stable of TE's IMO.

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