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March 20, 2014 @ 10:47 am
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Former Bucs GM Dominik Joins ESPN

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Former Bucs GM Mark Dominik spent 19 seasons with the Buccaneers before being fired after the 2013 season along with head coach Greg Schiano. On Thursday Dominik was hired by ESPN and will serve as an NFL Front Office Insider on a number of ESPN programs.
The day former Bucs general manager Mark Dominik was fired, along with coach Greg Schiano, he walked down to the media center at One Buc Place to say goodbye to the local beat writers. Trying to stay composed, with little luck, Dominik turned before walking out and said to no one in particular, “19 years. I love this team."

For 19 years Dominik drove his car every day to the facility as an employee in a number of positions before being hired as the general manager in 2009, but at that moment he wasn’t sure what the future held. On Thursday, Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune reported that Dominik has landed on his feet, and after contemplating joining Dennis Hickey in Miami, the Minnesota native has joined ESPN as an NFL Front Office Insider and will make his television debut with the network March 27.

“I have spent more than 20 years working in NFL front offices and the exciting thing is that I can now share the inside thoughts of what happens when certain situations arise within an organization,’’ Dominik told Cummings. “I can explain to people how teams think.

“A lot of people thought this might be a good decision for me in terms of career path so I’m very excited about it.’’

Dominik said he considered joining Dennis Hickey in Miami where his former right hand man in Tampa is the now the general manager for the Dolphins.

“The opportunity to stay in Tampa with my family was part of it,’’ said Dominik, who is married and has three young children. “And ESPN is the worldwide leader in sports for a reason. So, this just felt like the right decision.’’

ESPN’s senior coordinating producer Seth Markman was happy to have Dominik aboard.

“Mark has almost two decades of experience moving up the ranks in an NFL organization, so he’s well-versed in scouting, free agency, player development and so many of the issues we delve into each day on NFL Insiders,” Markman said. “He adds another credible voice to our team and will make us even better.”
Dominik, who was 28-52 with no playoff appearances and only one winning season during his five seasons as general manager, is still keeping a close eye on his former team in Tampa Bay.

“It’s been fun to watch,’’ Dominik said of the 10 free-agent signings by new coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht.

“I have a lot of respect for Lovie and Jason and I’m glad they’re able to do what they’ve done. That was the whole idea behind the contract structure we created and had there.’’






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    Scu, is that a bad dye job, or a Rug? One day I'd like to see it crawl off his head!! It's funny having Dom brag about putting clauses in the bad contracts he did so they'd have a way out of them. How bout not doing a bad deal in the first place. So you had an escape clause in Revis's contract. You still gave away the pick that turned out to be defensive rookie of the year. Nice going.
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    I think Mark will do a great job. Certainly the equal of Charlie Casserly and his poor hair dye job. All GM's make some bad choices. I think Dominik's failure here was listening to his head coaches.
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    I am happy for Dom and watched him do a great job on the NFL Network as a guest analyst. I have heard ESPN analysts seeing the Saints and Charlotte hurt by the CAP this year say if the Bucs get a good QB in the draft, watch out for them this year--they will be the new Kansas City THIS YEAR, and you know what--their analysts are right on that point, and I don't hear any of them crying that Glennon isn't starting either. They know better than some of our bloggers on that too.
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    I'm actually happy for Mark. I understand why he got fired, but he is still an expert in regards to drafting up cap friendly contracts and the financial side of the NFL. He will be a good addition.
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    I'm glad he working somewhere other than our war room. I think it's a good job for him. I wouldn't trust his talent evaulation, but he should be a great resource for when a player gets a contract on why it was structured a certain way and what value the team saw in him.
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    Good place for him.. Ideal environment for the typical BS he tends to throw out. Was completely over his head as a GM and talent evaluator. Probably will excel at his new position. Waders are always a requirement when listening to the majority of ESPN talking heads.
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    The guy has to take care of his family and he did the best he could here, so maybe it is best that he is gone, but I hope he is successful.
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    ESPN now has someone to turn to for enlightenment on.........who not to draft?
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    Good for him. I am happy for him.
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    Another great analysts like Dilfer. Maybe he can talk about how NOT to build a team.
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