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: March 12, 2013, 11:24:17 AM

Two GMs: Mark Dominik and Buddy Nix (Buffalo GM). Recording is on the page at the bottom, not a youtube link.


Pranksters Record Two NFL GMs Discussing Free Agency Over The Phone

It's a brilliant prank, and it never should've worked. How did a couple of 20-year-olds listen in on two NFL executives talking shop the day before free agency began? A little luck, great timing, and a 73-year old general manager who doesn't really understand how telephones work.


On Friday afternoon, Buffalo GM Buddy Nix and Tampa Bay GM Mark Dominik shot the **CENSORED** for about six minutes. They talked about their impending free agents, their frustration with a new three-day negotiating window, and the major handicap of not having a franchise quarterback. They had no idea that a pair of pranksters had set the whole chat up, or that those pranksters were still on the line, listening in.

Remember the Domino's prank? Call two pizza places, merge them together on a conference call, and let confusion reign. That's basically what happened here, only with more Buddy Nix complaining about how much the Bills are paying Ryan Fitzpatrick.

On Thursday afternoon, the pranksters called Buffalo's publicly listed front office phone number. They claimed to be Bucs GM Mark Dominik and asked to be transferred to Buddy Nix. To their surprise, they were. Panicking, they hung up as soon as he answered.

Then Buddy Nix called them back.

And he kept calling back. Into Thursday evening, resuming again on Friday morning, Nix's personal number kept lighting up their cell phone. They ignored it, until they came up with a plan. They would call Mark Dominik, claim to be Buddy Nix, and send the two on a phantom game of phone tag.

So they rang up the Buccaneers, but while on with Dominik's secretary, Buddy Nix called again. It was perfect. They answered Nix's call, then fell silent while they were patched through to Dominik. They put the call on speaker, recorded with a second cell phone, and sat back and listened to the fun.

(The full phone call can be found at the bottom of this post.)

The conversation starts off with some confusion. "Dadgum, son," the septuagenarian Nix laughs, "I've called you back a hundred times!" Dominik assures him that it must have been a wrong number, he would have called him back "in a heartbeat. I wouldn't mess around with that."



The two exchange cell phone numbers (which we've edited out), so that this never happens again.

Then the GMs get down to **CENSORED**ing about a new NFL rule that allows teams to begin negotiating with agents at midnight Friday night, even though players can't officially sign until Tuesday afternoon. Dominik says all the three-day rule does is "give leverage to the agents to ask for more money." Nix agrees and says the thing to do is to "fight to get this done away with."



Both GMs say they can't get any of their players to agree during the window, as their agents are using the three days to see what the market will bear for them. "None of mine are signing," says Dominik. "Not one of them. They don't want to sign."

Nix and Dominik seem to have had previous exploratory discussions on available players, because once they get around to what they've got cooking on the trade front, Nix knows who they are before Dominik names them. Two of them are mentioned in the call--corner E.J. Biggers ("I still haven't decided what to do with the corner yet") and tackle Jamon Meredith ("No one's really called me back on Jamon, to be honest.")



Nix has no interest. "We're pretty set with tackles," he tells Dominik. "We've got six draft picks, and hell, we need to gain something, not give them up." (Nix is also something of a lame duck in Buffalo, with Doug Whaley's future ascension a fait accompli.)

When talk turns to the Bills' moves, Nix says he's not planning on doing much because he's handcuffed by Ryan Fitzpatrick. "We're still struggling here with our quarterback...We're not really struggling--he's going to have to do something, or we'll have to."

More Nix on Fitzpatrick: "We just can't afford to pay that kind of money for a guy who's fighting for probably a backup job."



The two acknowledge how many problems can be solved just by having a dependable QB. "If you get one, everything's easy," Nix says. As director of player personnel for the Chargers, he recalls having Drew Brees and Philip Rivers. In the draft, you can "take the best on the board. Don't worry about it."

Dominik recalls telling Colts GM Ryan Grigson, "Look, you got the best gig in the National Football League. I mean, you got a quarterback the first pick, you're a genius for 10 years now."

Below is the full recording of Nix's and Dominik's phone call, starting with Dominik's secretary patching them through. (There's a roughly 10-second gap at the 2:19 mark, when the pranksters received another call and hurriedly canceled it.) This is how your free agency sausage is made--GMs casually touching base, inquiring what's in the works, commiserating over shared frustrations, **CENSORED**ing about agents and players, and promising to keep in touch if anything changes.

Free agency begins at 4 p.m. EDT.

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#1 : March 12, 2013, 11:28:54 AM

LOL


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#2 : March 12, 2013, 11:34:03 AM

Too funny.  Glad Dom doesn't talk much.

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#3 : March 12, 2013, 11:36:34 AM

"No one's really called me back on Jamon, to be honest."

LOL.



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#4 : March 12, 2013, 11:36:44 AM

This is not even funny. Sorry. No one has the right to listen in on my private conversations. This is the Internet media at it's worst.

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#5 : March 12, 2013, 11:36:52 AM

Well at least we know what Dom's been doing recently.


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#6 : March 12, 2013, 11:39:26 AM

Lol buddy nix is a moron!!!

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#7 : March 12, 2013, 11:39:53 AM

lmao at Dom. Holy crap lol. He is lucky he didn't say anything damaging.

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#8 : March 12, 2013, 11:42:36 AM

"Dadgum son!!!"

Bahahahaha Hillarious.


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#9 : March 12, 2013, 11:43:49 AM

This is not even funny. Sorry. No one has the right to listen in on my private conversations. This is the Internet media at it's worst.

Get the stickout of your hole bro, its a couple of GMs talking about nothing.


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#10 : March 12, 2013, 11:47:30 AM

Folks complain about Dom, but he is young and full of new ideas. I am sooo happy we don't have a GM that is old as dirt and clueless. I mean the Bills are hopeless with that dinosaur running the show!


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#11 : March 12, 2013, 11:51:23 AM

Reading between the lines of his comment to Grigson....Dom Dom doesn't appear to be leaping up and down about his current QB.

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#12 : March 12, 2013, 11:54:14 AM

Depends on how you take it, but there was a potential expression of confidence in Freeman from Dominik. After Nix says, "Its a bad time to need one (quarterback)," it sound like Dom justt says, "I can imagine." He probably just doesn't want to disclose things like that as Nix was, but like I said it depends how you take it. Also, I thought it was really interesting what Dominik said about how the new tampering window just allows agents to ask for more money and it makes players want to leave because they get a sense of the market. I also wonder who the players who "just don't want to come back" are.

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#13 : March 12, 2013, 11:55:42 AM

Folks complain about Dom, but he is young and full of new ideas. I am sooo happy we don't have a GM that is old as dirt and clueless. I mean the Bills are hopeless with that dinosaur running the show!

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#14 : March 12, 2013, 11:55:47 AM

LOL................woooooooooooooooooooooooooow....not a good look.
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