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Scott Reynolds is in his 22nd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com

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  1. 1

    GoldsonAges

    Lots of praise for Dominik drafting a few good players in all those years. No mention of the Brian Price, Arrellious Benn, Myron Lewis complete meltdown in the 2010 draft.

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  2. 2

    edwamil83

    Derrick Morgan not Mason.

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    toofamiliar17

    “Licht and director of football administration Mike Greenberg are looking for value and aren’t interested in overpaying for mediocre talent.”

    There’s so much irony in this sentence. We don’t want to overpay for mediocre talent….so we gave a top dollar guard contract to a guy who literally has NEVER been above average at the thing that teams do like 60% of the time these days (passing)? AND who isn’t even close to consistently good at the other phase of the game? Overpaying for mediocre talent is EXACTLY what we just did with Sweezy.

    If you’re OPTIMISTIC, then you could describe him as mediocre. It’s probably true that he’s been WORSE than that in his career so far. Yea, he jumps off film with devastating blocks in the running game sometimes. But when he’s not doing that, he’s regularly whiffing on blocks and getting beat at the point of attack.

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    macabee

    I’m going to withhold any criticism of the Bucs free agency this early. I’ll admit I’m not sure I have a good understanding of what the offensive and defensive philosophy is for the new administration. I also don’t have a good feel for Jason Licht with total control of the franchise. Will the Bucs/Licht miss the services on Jon Robinson, now GM at the Titans?

    So to sum up, I’m in learning mode because I don’t know a lot and haven’t seen enough to give a fair assessment of FA and or the people conducting it. As a result, I’m inclined to give the Bucs the benefit of the doubt and take a wait and see approach. I know what I’ve been told so far – that we want to run the ball and we want to throw the ball down the field and our defense will have multiple looks – some 4-3, some 3-4 alignments.

    The Martin re-signing and the Sweezy deal fall right into place with the offensive objective, but no attempt at a Travis Benjamin to push the ball downfield. And no nosetackle to anchor the few times they line up in a 3-4 alignment. Now I keep in mind, there will be a second tier of FA over the weekend and a second wave after the draft – makes sense to keep powder dry because it’s not over. So patience becomes an important virtue!

    You know the old saying – like a part of your anatomy, everybody has got an opinion. Since I believe it’s all about #3, I would like to have seen them get ROT Mitchell Schwartz, 26, and cut Gosder Cherilus saving 4.5mil. He signed at KC for 6.5mil, less than we paid LOG Sweezy. Then we could dedicate 100% of the upcoming draft to defense. While I’m playing amateur GM, I would go back to Dominik’s practice of having a framework of the deal done with the agent before bringing the player in – once you’re at OBP, you should never leave!

    On the whole, let me say I’m not dissatisfied with anything – the test should be – did we get better? We have lots of time and still lots of money, so we have a good chance to get better. Go Bucs!

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    1. 4.1

      toofamiliar17

      So far we definitely haven’t gotten better. We’ve kept some players and swapped out Logan Mankins (one of the better guards in the game) for Sweezy (consistently a below average guard in both phases of the game). That’s it. Now, we might BE better, due to the growth of a lot of young players already on the team (Evans, Smith, Marpet, Kwon, Jameis). But our talent level has unquestionably gotten worse, unless someone delusionally thinks that Sweezy > Mankins.

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    DrT1066

    Scott
    Giving credit to Mark Dominik for drafting Mark Barron (because he turned into a LB instead of a safety) and passing on a future Hall of Famer, Luke Kuechly is like giving credit to the designers of the Titanic because it almost made it to America from the UK!

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    knight

    Bring on the draft! That is how we are going to get better, and in Licht we trust. I believe the gong show days are behind us Buc fans, and we’ll only get better. But we are still slim on overall top talent and depth, but that comes with good drafting and time. GO BUCS

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    1. 6.1

      cgmaster27

      Agree completely Knight. Teams like GB, NE, and Pittsburgh that are in the playoffs every year go through the draft. Not free agency. It takes patients from fans, and it is a long wait, but worth it.

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    cgmaster27

    Interesting fab 5 this week. For this years free agency, there was a few names I would’ve liked to get such as Vernon and Jenkins, but after seeing wehat some of these guys are getting paid. I don’t mind we misse dout. As for saving the money for our own free agents next year, I don’t totally buy that as most of those guys won’t even be here next year. I saw somewhere with our rolled over cap and an increase, the Bucs could be around 100 million next year in cap space, that’s insane!
    Not sure of the free agent class next year, but I would think that would have more to do with it than our own players. However and I know you can’t look too far into the future for fear of messing up the now, but don’t think for a second that Licht doesn’t realize when it comes to sign this draft class in a couple of years, it’s going to break the bank.
    Fab2. Don’t know much about Sweezy, but I do like a lineman with a mean streak. I don’t care what PFF rates him as sometimes their ratings are ridiculous. Such as the game Aaron Rodgers threw for 5 TD’s and no pics and had a negative rating. We got younger, let’s just hope he works out.
    Fab3. I can’t give dominick any credit for anything except his genius way of doing contracts. Drafting Mccoy was a no brainer and it was either Suh or him and Suh was taken ahead of him. He did bring in Doug and Lavonte as well, but he whiffed on every single free agent he signed and his drafting was terrible outside of a few guys I could count on one hand.
    Fab 4 We need a linebacker at some point here and I’m kind of surprised they cut Lansanah. We’ll be needing to draft one again and hope we hit like we did on Kwon.
    Fab5. Stange to see the Bucs 4th in spending since 2012 since some around here don’t think the Glazers have any money outside of their lavish lifestyles. And how many wins did that get us? The record speaks for itself.
    As for the draft, looking forward to your mocks. The closer and closer we get, it’s becoming apparent we almost HAVE to go DE in the first round now. It’s also seemingly a possibility that Bosa might be falling to us. While I’m not a huge fan of his, you can’t get better value than 9 if he’s there.

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    1. 7.1

      wnb0395

      We dont have to draft DE first round. I wouldnt mind us drafting Miles JacK OLB if he is still there. Then grab DE 2nd round.

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      1. 7.1.1

        SCLOBERNOCKER

        IF Jack is there @9, he could easily be BPA. With a vacancy at SAM, he can slide right in, and has the skillset to never leave the field. I’d be down with that.

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      2. 7.1.2

        cgmaster27

        I was taking into account that Jack wouldn’t be there. If Jack is there, you take him all day. His versatility would also fit what we perceive to be the new scheme they will run on defense.

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    cgmaster27

    Saw the Bucs signed Grimes. Like the move if they can tell his wife to shut the hell up.

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    1. 8.1

      cgmaster27

      Responding to myself , but just saw the bucs put it in his contract to get her off of social media. Look up her twitter account, and it’s down. Outside of that , I love this move. This guy has an attitude and production to back it up.

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    2. 8.2

      wnb0395

      I really like the Grimes signing also. Finally an upgrade in FA.

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  9. 9

    flashgordon

    I wasn’t impressed by Deion Jones the first time I checked him out(o.k. he’s a special teams demon), and I’m still not that excited. Overton looks much more exciting with just those highlights.

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  10. 10

    BucWild02

    Thanks for paying some well deserved respect to Mark Dominik. He was always a class act, well spoken, and was able to help the Bucs for almost 20 years as he rose through the ranks. I think he’s been insightful and had interesting perspective every time I’ve heard him on SiriusXM Radio or on ESPN. Even top GM’s like Green Bay’s Ted Thompson miss on free agents or draft picks and thats with stability in the coaching department. So have countless other great GM’s like Bill Polian, Scott Pioli, Rich McKay, etc.

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  11. 11

    drdneast

    I have never been impressed by PFF’s analyticals and now I’m even less impressed due to their math.
    How can a player rated 52nd against the run and 64th against the pass be rated the 69th rated guard in the NFL.
    With 32 teams and 2 guards per team, what PFF is saying is there are better guards on some benches than Sweezy. I really doubt that.
    Also Sweezy’s penalties may have increased this past season due to the loss of Seattle’s All Pro center Max Unger. I don’t know who replaced him but the entire O Line of Seattle looked disorganized at times and every NFL analyst I listened to blamed it on the loss of Unger.
    But who are they compared to PFF Focus who uses criteria to judge players that is more mysterious than the recipe of KFC’s chicken.
    As far as saving money for our own FA’s next year, you should take a look at that list again PR.
    I doubt if the Bucs resign Vjax and if they do, it is highly doubtful he will make the same money as this year or more.
    I only see the first five players on your list as being considered for being resigned based on past performance.
    Wasn’t upset me missed on any of the DE FA signings last year except for when it was going on, Greg Hardy.
    That would have been a bust as well if we had succeeded due to his erratic behavior.
    If that young man doesn’t get some help soon, he will be more than likely playing in the Texas state penal league than anywhere else.
    As for Mark Dominick, even a blind squirrel finds an acorn every once in a while.
    To many busts drafted on the DL and paying players on the team who didn’t merit it big contracts made him an onus for this team and that is how he will be remembered despite all the revisionist history his sports writers friends try to spin.

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  12. 12

    stlbucsfan

    I hope the Bucs are calling the Jets to inquire about Wilkerson. I think a Glennon/Willerson deal with a pick or something would be beneficial for both teams.

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  13. 13

    Dude

    We need not to forget that the cap casualties is another place that the Bucs might look to sign some players. There is usually going to be a few good ones that will be available at that time.

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    EastEndBoy

    Fab1) I don’t know how any Buc fan, GM, player, owner, concession stand worker, etc could be opposed to FA…we owe our Super Bowl in large part to FA….lest we forget.
    Fab2) Sweezy….maybe….he’s no LoganMankins
    Fab 3) sorry, Dom gets zero props for his attempt at drafting. He did some things well (like contracting), but draftng was not one of them. My grandma could have drafted GMC, and while Martin and LvD were hits, every other pick was a miss…his record is horible by comparison to nearly every other GM.

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    drdneast

    Mark Dominick can try and spin Mark Barron as much as he wants but we didn’t draft him to be a LB, we drafted him to be a safety.
    The fact that the Rams don’t see him at that position speaks volumes as well.
    The fact of the matter is the drafting improved a little under Greg Schiano’s regime, which speaks more about him than Dominick.
    When coupled with Raheem Morris in the draft, Dominick and Morris were like two lost balls in the high weeds.
    Yes the Bucs have spent a lot of money in FA and the reason for that is because Dominick was so terrible in the draft.
    Personally, I don’t like building a team through FA, but it works well for adding depth and plugging holes for a while until you can get your draft headed in the right direction which I believe Licht has.
    Other than the first year, I think Licht deserves at least a C in the FA department.
    The one thing that shouldn’t have been done under the Lovie Smith regime was to allow him to completely blow up and destroy the offensive line.
    Davin was pretty much done after two knee surgeries so I was okay with that. Penn was fat and out of shape but should have been told to get down to weight or he was gone. Letting go of the other players was just plain stupid.
    I would guess that’s the main reason Licht has control of the roster now.

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    drdneast

    Sounds like a good marriage between your site and the Ronnie and Tkrass show.
    Both of these guys have good knowledge about the Bucs and know the NFL well.
    Will no doubt enjoy listening to you guys when you combine forces.

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    pinkstob

    Forget PFF if you want, that’s fine. Just watch him in full live games, that’s what I’m going by. He sucks. Don’t believe anyone else, just pull up some Seahawks games over the past two years on YouTube and judge for yourself, not film cutups.

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    makski

    Here’s how I see it in regards to Sweezy. If Tom Cable and the Seahawks thought he was so good, why did they let him leave? On the other hand, a lot of players do very well in a new city with a new club, if they are truly happy to be there, which it sounds like he is. And, of course, some players do not pan out with their new teams and are busts, which I hope he wont be. The thing I look at the most, if it becomes public knowledge, is how popular that player is in FA and how many teams are fighting for his services. It sounds like there were a good 9 or 10 teams that wanted Sweezy to be their starting G. That is all I need to hear!! If that many teams wanted to sign him, he must at the very least, be a very capable starting G in the NFL. And, he is still young and has a lot of football ahead of him.

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  19. 19

    devasher

    Scott, let’s not stop at just mentioning Dominik passing on Keuchly for Barron. How about passing on Cameron Jordan for Adrian Clayborn, Golden Tate for Arrelious Benn, medical red flag Rob Gronkowski for the king of medical red flags in Brian Price, pass on signing Brent Grimes so he could sell the farm for Darelle Revis. Roughly 35 draft picks over 5 years and only 3 of them are currently Bucs who received a big money extension. Yes, Dominik was quite the wizard of drafting talent. Licht, in two drafts appears to have more players on their way to a big time contract extension than Dominik had in five (Evans, Winston, Marpet, Alexander).

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    scubog

    How revealing it must be for drdneast to see that those “cheapskate” Glazers, as he calls them, have spent so much on free agents who, through no fault of theirs, failed to bring the expected wins.

    Let me get this straight, we are already writing off Sweezy before his first down as a Buccaneer because of an internet website and a Youtube video? Do we really believe actual GM’s rely on that stuff for the evaluations of players? After all, their careers are on the line. As a converted defensive lineman, I would expect him to struggle some as he developed into an offensive guard. Perhaps it’s the steady improvement and potential of the 26 year old that attracted so much interest. Can we at least take a wait and see approach?

    At least with these free agent signings focused on “needs” the Draft can target the best players.

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    1. 20.1

      jme0151

      Exactly Scu…… They addressed positions of need. Sure won’t be worse then what left and might be an upgrade. Now we can look at the draft with open eyes to get some younger talent regardless of the position.

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    drdneast

    Hey scudog, please reread all of my posts about Martin when I referred to the Glazers as being cheapskates.
    I believe I wrote if they didn’t sign Martin it would “indicate” they were becoming cheapskates and were following the Hugh Culverhouse business model.
    Since they did they aren’t.
    Take a reading comprehension course will you.

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    scubog

    Your rants about the Glazers being “cheapskates weren’t limited to the potential Martin signing. I surely wouldn’t waste my time going back and re-reading your whining about the Glazers. There was no “IF” they didn’t sign Martin they’d be “cheapskates”. You called them cheapskates and even wrote them letter(s) complaining about the ticket price increase. As I recall, you decided to stay home and not buy tickets this year except at a discount from a scalper. Then later, after Martin signed, your tact seemed to change and the name-calling stopped.

    Seems your retort when someone points out the flaws in your babble is to question their reading comprehension ability. Granted, I might not remember every tidbit of your posts. But I certainly comprehend your message when you stray from football talk. Graduated from UT with honors. Don’t need to take any more classes.

    On March 12th, the Glazers are no longer deemed “cheapskates” by drdneast. I got it!

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  23. 23

    Horse

    Good Article Scott. Go Bucs!

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  24. 24

    plopes808

    We seem to be making all the right moves. The only position I’m concerned about atm is Sam. I don’t understand why we let BOTH walk…unless there’s something I missed or maybe we expect Miles Jack to fall to us?

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