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April 11, 2011 @ 8:51 am
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G.M. Dominik Agrees To 4-Year Contract Extension

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A few weeks ago, the Buccaneers picked up the two-year option for head coach Raheem Morris and the one-year option for GM Mark Dominik. On Monday, Tampa Bay announced that Dominik had been given a four-year contract extension.
Just weeks after Bucs after picking up a two-year extension with head coach Raheem Morris, Tampa Bay announced on Monday that the team has agreed to a four-year contract extension with general manager Mark Dominik. Dominik, who has worked in the Bucs' front office since 1995, just finished his second season as G.M. and is in 16th season overall with Tampa Bay and had previously had his one-year option picked up by the team prior to this new deal.

"It's been a pleasure working with and getting to know Mark, so it's gratifying to witness his success," said co-chairman Joel Glazer. "Mark is dedicated to delivering the winner our fans deserve." 

During his brief time as general manager, Dominik, who is considered one of the league's hot, young league executives, has presided over a major youth movement and roster overhaul. Last year, Tampa Bay had the league's youngest roster, yet the talent was there to produce a surprising 10-6 record in 2010. In Dominik's first season running the franchise, the Bucs went 3-13, so the seven-win differential marked the best single-season turnaround in team history. The Buccaneers also became the first team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to start 10 different rookies and finish with a winning record. 

Dominik, who spent the majority of his Buccaneers career on the pro personnel side, has quickly become adept at selecting the right talent in the draft. In the team's last two drafts, Dominik had the foresight to trade up two spots to land franchise QB Josh Freeman in 2009, and was instrumental in working with director of college scouting Dennis Hickey to find several late-round gems over the past two years, such as cornerback E.J. Biggers, wide receiver Sammie Stroughter, free safety Cody Grimm, fullback Erik Lorig and linebacker Dekoda Watson – all of whom started at least one game in 2010.

Of the 15 players selected in the last two years, 13 remain with the team and 12 have been starters. Dominik has demonstrated a knack for identifying late-round and undrafted talent, such as 2010 fourth-round pick wide receiver Mike Williams, who led the team in receiving with just under 1,000 yards and caught a franchise-record 11 touchdowns as a rookie, and running back LeGarrette Blount, who rushed for 1,000 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie undrafted free agent.

"I'm appreciative of the confidence the Glazer family has in the direction of the franchise," Dominik said. "I'm looking forward to working into my 20th year as a proud part of this community and organization. The mission is to continue building this team into a lasting contender and to bring championships back to the Tampa Bay area."
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    Horse: I thought I did take it easy on him this time. I considered BF47 nothing more than a cyber bully who thought only his opinion made any sense. He crossed the line for me when, in his attempts to prove his point, he would resort to insults and name calling like a 7th grader. He believed himself to be more intelligent and have a greater knowledge of our beloved game than the rest of us whom he called " casual fans". None of us on this board are casual fans. Growing up and even now, I can't stand bullies, so I always felt compelled to keep him in check with a little humor and sarcasm. The funny thing is that he did have a greater knowledge of the game and the workings of the NFL than most people. The problem was when he believed his opinions were fact. Events like the extension of Dominik's contract prove he was wrong. I just think he needs to man-up and admit it. I for one, look forward to his next "article."
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    scubog, I don't see him posting anymore. Does he have a new name?
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    I see now that the owners are finally seeing the light about getting the GM under contact for four years. So He and coach Morris will make sound picks and future veterans who know that both the GM and the Head coaches are running the show. Now I can't wait to se what the next moves are-GO BUCS George L Hicks HB Plant 64
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    Gee, I sure miss the wisdom and psychic abilities of Ol' BF47. Let's reminisce about the Nashville Nostradamus who was so certain that Dominik and Morris were more over their heads than a inaccurate Freeman pass lobbed in the direction of that fallen soldier Kellen Winslow on whom we wasted a second round draft choice. He just knew Dominik was only hired because the Glazers were too cheap to sign an experienced GM." How nice that some of you who were quick to judge our youthful duo have enough character to admit it. Unlike BF47 who headed for the hills of Rocky Top after the team won it's third game last season. I'd sure like to see one of his "articles" to recant his musings. Who's the "casual fan" now BF?
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    Scubog, throttle it down a little bit. Over all most of us are happy that it is working out for Morris and Dominick. BF47 is gone and will probably never be heard from again. He might be on board with a different ID, but only cowards do that. Right BF47?
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    Before everbody jumps on the congratulatory band wagon, its time for a little truth telling. When Morris was named head coach, several weeks after he had been named D-Coord, and never having been either, I thought the Glazer's were writing off the year while satisfying the Rooney Rule in a fail swoop and just waiting for a legitimate candidate. Dominik had been there 14 years and I never heard of him until he was named GM. Travesty! Josh Freeman, who was known to have accuracy and INT issues at K-State convinced me when I saw more of the same during the 3-13 debacle, that this was a bad pick. Boy, was I wrong and glad I was. That's why I'm a mere poster and not a GM. I'm just simply willing to admit I was wrong. I wonder how many of you were too?
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    I'm glad that Dominick is on board for four more years. He is righting the ship and has bailed out most of the water so we can start sailing again. Do not be surprised if our first two draft picks are offensive players. There are plenty of average with the potential to become good defensive players in rounds three thru five. I hope we trade down and get out of the first round.
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    I was one of those people silence. But after Morris and Dominik took Freeman in the draft, I knew these guys were for real. If someone is not on board after the 2nd yr they never will be. THese guys had an amazing season and they did it with a bunch of unproven 1st and 2nd yr players. Give them a couple more productive drafts and they will be an amazing team.
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    It makes me laugh thinking back 1 year ago about this time when a few certain individuals were swearing up and down this was Rah/Dom's last year and they were just warming up the seats for the new GM/Coach... Anyways congrats Dom, well disserved and cant wait to see what the future holds for our team. GO BUCS!!
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    Well deserved congrats.
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    Good for him and good for us. He might have gotten more money if he had waited until next year, but it puts less stress on the fans and probably everyone else involved.
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    Great news! Lets keep this ship going in the right direction.
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    Dominik has demonstrated that he can do the job. It's a good move to lock him up into the future.
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    Good news. Dominik has performed remarkably well especially in drafting in the last years and has definitely earned this extension.
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    Grats MD......well deserved.
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