The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have exercised the one-year option in general manager Mark Dominik’s contract that will allow him to remain the team’s general manager for the 2011 season.
Dominik, and head coach Raheem Morris each signed two-year contracts 2009 with options for a third season if the Glazers wanted them to return. The Bucs picked up the option in Morris contract earlier for the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
The 39-year-old Dominik is a riser among executives in the National Football and has worked the Buccaneers for 16 years. As the franchise’s fourth general manager, Dominik has been instrumental in building the team through the draft and assembling a core group of players for future success. After a 3-13 season during his first year, Dominik helped bring in a plethora of young talent to help turn things around and the Bucs finished 10-6 in 2010 while almost making the playoffs.
In 2009, Dominik oversaw the draft that gave Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman, who in 2010 had one of the best seasons in franchise history. Last year he helped the Bucs have one of their most productive draft classes in team history by selecting players like defensive tackles Gerald McCoy and Brian Price, wide receivers Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams, cornerback Myron Lewis, safety Cody Grimm, and fullback Erik Lorig.
Dominik has also made some shrewd signings and trades during his time with the Bucs. He pulled the trigger in 2009 to bring tight end Kellen Winslow over from the Cleveland Browns. He has also helped sign quality players like left tackle Donald Penn and running back LeGarrette Blount, both of which went undrafted, who have become big-time players for Tampa Bay.
Dominik originally came to the Bucs in 1995 after spending time working in the pro and college personnel of the Kansas City Chiefs. He became the team’s pro personnel assistant for the next three seasons.
In 1998, Dominik became a pro scout and later was named the Bucs’ Director of Pro Personnel in 2001, where is job was to oversee the scouting, recruiting, and signing of NFL players. Dominik also was in charge of the contract negotiations and signings off free agents and draft picks as well.