Former Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik thinks it’s time for the Bucs to move on from Jameis Winston if the 26-year old quarterback wants more than the $20.92 million he earned during his fifth-year option season in 2019. Winston is coming off a season in which he threw for career highs in yards (5,109) and touchdowns (33), but also interceptions (30) and pick-sixes (seven). Winston is slated to become an unrestricted free agent in 2020 unless the Bucs re-sign him.

“I would be surprised if they pay him,” Dominik said in an exclusive interview with PewterReport.com at the 2020 Senior Bowl. “Maybe they will. It’s their decision, but I would be shocked if the Bucs franchised Winston – or transitioned him. I think the decision they have is certainly difficult because there has been some production there, but I don’t know how you could justify paying Jameis Winston more money this year than he made last year.

Ex-Bucs GM Mark Dominik and Scott Reynolds – Photo by: PewterReport.com

“You have 30-plus touchdowns, but you also have 30 interceptions. I don’t think that the market is there for that. If I’m Jameis’ camp, I would just be thankful to receive an offer from the Bucs around $20 – $22 million for one year. That would be intriguing on a one-year deal to see if he can get (the turnovers) fixed.”

Winston became just the eighth QB in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards in a season, but he also became the league’s first passer to throw for at least 30 TDs and 30 INTs in the same year, and he lead the league in interceptions by nine. Winston’s seven pick-sixes were also the most in NFL history for a single season.

Dominik, who now works for NFL Sirius Radio after working for the Buccaneers from 1995-2013, has some experience in this area as he spent a first-round pick on a quarterback who didn’t pan out. Dominik’s first-ever draft pick when he took over as Tampa Bay’s general manager in 2009 was Josh Freeman, the 17th overall selection that year out of Kansas State. Freeman broke several Tampa Bay passing records in four years as a starter before bombing during his fifth-year option. Dominik and former head coach Greg Schiano cut Freeman in 2013 and started Mike Glennon, the team’s third-round pick that year, before both men were fired at the end of that season.

Nearly a decade later, Winston broke all of Freeman’s records and is Tampa Bay’s all-time leading passer and touchdown producer, but his 88 interceptions and 31 fumbles in five years will cause general manager Jason Licht and head coach Bruce Arians to weigh all the team’s options before deciding to either offer Winston a contract extension or use the franchise or transition tag on him prior to the start of free agency on March 16.

“Free agency – who’s available. What’s behind door number two?” Arians said in his post-season press conference on December 30. “That’s the first question. As you evaluate for the draft, that’s another question. Are they better than what you have? And then you evaluate and that’s when you make your decisions.”

Chargers QB Philip Rivers
Chargers QB Philip Rivers – Photo by: Getty Images

Dominik noted that there are several quality free agent quarterbacks this year, including Los Angeles Chargers’ Philip Rivers, New England’s Tom Brady and New Orleans’ Drew Brees and Teddy Bridgewater, who went 5-0 as the Saints’ starter this year while Brees was injured. Tennessee’s Ryan Tannehill is the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year, and he’s slated to become a free agent, while Cincinnati veteran Andy Dalton will also likely be available as the Bengals are poised to select LSU’s Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow with the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

“Now for Tampa, is the grass greener?” Dominik said. “It’s a weird year for quarterbacks. Rarely do you see this many quarterbacks who have experience that have potential for you that aren’t in the draft that you could actually add to your football team. Some of these veteran ones have you thinking, ‘I’m not sure what he’s going to do’ – but it opens up even more opportunity for you if you’re the Bucs so that you don’t have to pay Jameis.

“I think Brees goes back to New Orleans, but the last I checked, Rivers moved to Florida. We’ll see what happens with Brady, but those are some very interesting names. And we’ll see what happens with Teddy Bridgewater. What could Teddy do with a Chris Godwin, a Mike Evans, a Cam Brate and an O.J. Howard? Tampa is a team that you want to play quarterback for because of the skill players. I think it’s more supply and demand right now, and the Bucs should do their due diligence. Everybody wants Tampa to win, and every once in a while you see glimpses of the Bucs taking the next step, but then it ends in frustration. I would do as much research as I could as to what is out there and I wouldn’t be afraid to move in a different direction if a better option presented itself.”

Patriots QB Tom Brady - Photo by: Getty Images
Patriots QB Tom Brady – Photo by: Getty Images

Dominik said that what Brady decides to do, whether it be re-signing with New England at age 42 or parting ways with the Patriots after 20 years will start the domino effect at the quarterback position in free agency. If Brady becomes available, Dominik said the Bucs have to pursue the greatest quarterback of all time at all costs.

“If Tom Brady is available you don’t even think twice about,” Dominik said. “I would take him in two seconds if I’m Tampa.”

Scott Reynolds is in his 24th 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 spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his son's Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]

51 COMMENTS

  1. After reading this I find it concerning that Dominik somehow made it through the vetting process to become our GM. The bad moves he piled up over the years as Bucs GM showcase why he is one of the last people you would want running your team (hence why he isn’t a GM or on another team’s staff).

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  2. Boy, can Winston get a stronger endorsement?

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  3. Dominik is a fool. Brady is washed up. Brady doesn’t have the arm for this offense. Brady’s season ended exactly as Winston’s did, Pick 6.

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    • I am not a Dominik fan wither and do not really value his opinion.

      However, I see too much of Buc’s fans acting like Bruce Arians will not adapt his offense to someone as great as Tom Brady or Brady not being able to be successful with Bruce Arians.

      I think Arians is a very good coach who has run multiple offenses including the wishbone.
      I see Tom Brady being one of the smartest quarterbacks of all time.

      I don’t think Brady is coming here. However, if for some reason he did – I tend to think it would work.

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      • Rational thought process, always appreciated.

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    • Not sure how it’s going to turn out, but how fitting would it be though if both JW’s very first and very last regular season pass as a Buc were pick-6’s.

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    • Jameis is only 26, has had 3 head coaches, multiple OC’s, No Kicker, No Defense, No Running Game, and a suspect offensive line. Now is not the time to get rid of him, for WHO? Nobody out there as talented as he is, with as much upside! YES, turnovers are a huge issue, but dont give up on him now, in BUCS fashion he’ll go win a Super Bowl with somebody else!

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  4. I’d like to see the Bucs sign Blake Bortles. They can get him cheap and if you look at his numbers, they’re comparable to Winston’s. Blake Bortles had no running game and no wide receivers in Jacksonville. I think he’d be better than Jameis if he’s throwing to Mike Edwards, Godwin, Brate, and Perriman. Low risk/high reward in signing Bortles. Worst case scenario he’s an experienced back up who’s played in the playoffs and only costs you 1-2 million a year.

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    • Rascal buc? Just WOW! That sounds horrible!!!!

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      • Getting Bortles for 1-2 million isn’t a bad idea as a backup. Little to no bonus other than incentives if he makes the team, snap count, etc. I don’t see him being the starter however. That’s a stretch to say the least.

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    • Lol, Gratz RascalBuc…the most thumbs down I’ve ever seen on a PR comment.

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  5. The only way it would make sense to bring in someone like Rivers is if they have the guy they are 100% sure they want that they expect to be there at 14 or if the right one will still be there in the 2nd, unless they plan to use next years pick to move up and get their guy which has its problems.

    I don’t wanna see just a bandaid move with Rivers who can only have a couple years left with no plan for the future, AND if they don’t improve the Oline, any Veteran QB you bring in is gonna be knocked out by mid-season.

    I just hope whatever they do, it is done with a crap ton of research and it is the best thing for the franchise.

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    • Agreed. We’d clearly be better off with every QB discussed vs sticking with Winston except Rivers, though in truth even with him I think it’s 50/50.

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    • I have to wonder if some people even watch the games, and if they do, they are completely clueless as to what they’re watching.

      The pass pro this year was very good. The Bucs threw the ball a ton last year and the oline played well. Most sacks were because Winston held the ball too long or didn’t recognize the blitz or the blitz wasnt picked up correctly.

      Sure the Bucs could use some depth on the oline and need to improve in run blocking, but saying a vet QB will “get knocked out” is just a bunch of bullspit.

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      • No, it’s not. Winston was hit 60 times! There’s no way you’re telling me that all of those were because he “held the ball to long” this line according to pff was ranked 23rd. How does that register as Good to you? And yes, I’ve wat he’s all the games for the last 20 years plus. This line is lacking a real LT, has an over aged RT and an ok center. Hardly worth the money they’re getting paid. I respectfully disagree and wonder if you are the one watching the games. Plus, how many times did Jameis escape the pocket and run for his life? Not saying that the oline is the only one at fault. Jameis DOES hold the ball way too long at times, but that hardly means it’s all on him. Everyone knows this team needs oline in the draft this year.

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  6. I must admit, I had no idea what we should do with Winston.

    But if Dominik says don’t pay him and let him walk, then that’s the surest indicator that we should sign him that I’ve ever seen.

    Can we get SAS to predict a Bucs loss in every game this coming season as well?

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  7. Welp! Glad I feel the way Polian does LOL

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  8. Mark Dominick.

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  9. I can clearly remember when I realized that Mark Dominik is a football idiot. It was actually at a Pewter Report fan event in which Dominik came to a local restaurant and answered some questions for fans that showed up. It was during the offseason after the 2012 season. He talked about a lot of subjects, but the one that REALLY jumped out at me was a discussion that came up about Michael Bennett, who was becoming a free agent at that time. The fan who brought it up asked him if the team had considered franchising Bennett, making sure not to lose him, but also not having to pay big money to a player that had just had a major breakout season, but who had only accrued 9 sacks.

    I don’t remember it word for word, but the basic gist of Dominik’s answer blew me mind. I couldn’t believe that an NFL GM was stupid enough to think the way he was thinking. I was even more dismayed to know that THAT level of doofus was our GM. I walked out of the restaurant knowing that the Bucs could never be successful under someone this ignorant.

    His answer was basically that while the team liked Bennett and wanted him back and were in negotiations to get him back, they weren’t going to pay franchise tag money to a 9-sack DE. Basically, his view was that 9 sacks wasn’t worth that much money, so it would be stupid to tag him. I couldn’t believe my ears. Forget his obviously terrible ability to evaluate Bennett, who turned out to be one of the best DE’s in football for years in Seattle, a guy who consistently provided 8-10 sacks while playing elite run defense and constantly disrupting the pocket from literally anywhere on a defensive line. I could have dealt with his poor evaluation ability there. It floored me that the most powerful decision-maker for our team didn’t even have a basic understanding of the actual purpose of the franchise tag. The tag isn’t there exclusively to lock truly elite players in at a below market rate. It’s to make a guy PROVE IT. It’s the way teams have available to them to kick the can of making a decision on a guy about whom they’re unsure down the road.

    If Dom had had an OUNCE of sense, he would have seen a 27 year-old DE who was blossoming into something special and been EAGER to at the veeeeery least tag him to get another year of tape on him before having to commit big money to him long term if he was unsure. But, no. To him, it was as simple as 9 sacks not being worth that money for one year. Why? Because he was a moron who had no business being an NFL GM. So he let Bennett walk for nothing, partially because he was SOOOOO desperate to get more playing time for franchise-caliber pass-rusher Da’Quan Bowers.

    I’m not saying he’s necessarily wrong about Winston. Just saying that the fundamental place from which he views this possible decision is incredibly stupid, and that I don’t trust a bit of what this football team management doofus has to say about what we do or should do with players.

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    • I was there too toofamiliar. I’m the one who asked him about his modeling of the new Bucs uniform for a focus group in which I was a participant. I think I might have embarrassed him a bit.

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    • He let Bennett walk after I think he led the team in sacks. Bowers was huge BUST.

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    • Regarding Dominik; “Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn every once in a while”

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  10. Why the fuck are we consulting his no GM job having ass??!!

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  11. I don’t have a lot of regard for Dominik but in this case he’s right. Winston simply isn’t worth 30 million a year- period! If he isn’t willing to take a “meager” 20, then he needs to go. To earn a multi-year 30 million+, he has to have a good year. Come on Jameis- you can make this happen!

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  12. Any deal that gets Winston the F out of Tampa is smart move………

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    • Dont forget buc ass ,if hes resigned youre gone right? Im gonna hold you to that.

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  13. Dominik who got Darell Revis and paid him 16 million to do rehab here and send him to the Patriots. The guy who cut Derrick Brooks when he still has a year or 2 left. The guy who drafted Josh Freeman. The guy who is unemployed in the NFL. Dominik…..What a joke!

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    • Good point 76 I had forgotten about Revis.

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  14. Why do we care what Dominik thinks regarding the Bucs or any of their players? Dominik has been gone for a long time.

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    • And he sucks.

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  15. Since last time Bucs won a playoff game TV went from thick glass bubble screen to light thin flat screens.
    You do not dial land phones by turning dial with finger.
    Do not smoke on airplanes
    Vinyl records replaced by cd
    Can not get on airplane with out having shoes checked for a bomb
    Chefs have become famous
    Most cars have air conditioning
    Kim Kardashian is Just out of diapers
    Tom Brady’s was one year out of Michigan.
    The Chef And CG we’re playing with there teanage mutant ninja turtles.
    Fredster was riding a big wheel.
    Warren Moon was just released by Kansas Chiefs.

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    • You clealry cant guess age very well. But dont worry pnce winston comes back next year, we wont have to worry about you posting on here. Honna hold you too it ass buc.

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      • Have no clue what your age you are I am just making a point with humor, Sometimes humor is good for soul. The true test is when Winston gets cut whether you and the other Winston groupies stay on the site.

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    • You have no sense of how the English language works. It’s, “playing with THEIR” not there. But I’m guessing you failed that class in grade school by the looks of your usual sentences with no structure or punctuation.

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      • Chef I would love to compare life style with you.Yes I had hard time in English literature in collage but some how graduated.
        When I was in pro sports I hired a correspondent to write for me .
        And now just talk through my iPhone I don’t have time to sit at a computer however it comes out it comes out I don’t care. you get the gist!! I am anti-Winston and Jason Licht. These two have greatly contributed to me not watching the bucs in the playoffs .

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  16. Isn’t Dominik the genius that didn’t pay Micheal Bennett and let him walk?

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  17. Yeah, that was him. He was also the guy who drafted Mark Barron so highly as a Strong Safety, not seeing that he was better suited as a linebacker. So tired of the endless parade of idiots who choose our players since Rich McKay left the organization.

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  18. Licht’s record is no better then Dom’s, so if you think ones an idiot they both must be. The only reason Licht is even still here is because of Arain’s, and the fact Mariota didn’t pan out. Rascalbuc got thumbs down for mentioning Bortles, but didn’t he take the Jags to the playoffs? They thought they’d take the next step without him, but they actually did worse. Sometimes a change of scenery does a player good. I’m not saying bring Blake in, but NO stone should be left unturned. A washed up Brady would still be twice as good as Jameis, and if nothing else would fill the stands, and give the Bucs great national exposure. Dom was dead right about one thing. Jameis isn’t worth more then 20 mill on another one year, this is your last chance prove it deal.

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  19. Dumanik is also the genius who gave michael clayton a massive deal so youll have to excuse me if i take anything the still unemployed gm says.

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    • Michael Clayton was awesome. Geez. Do you even like the Bucs?!

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      • He got paid well to……be a blocker?

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  20. I do agree with Dominick on one thing, there’s very little likelyhood that Winston gets a tag.

    The Bucs rarely use tags because free agent players with a market feel trapped by a one year deal when they deserve a longer guarantee. It dooms the relationship from jump. Flip side is it gives Tampa some leverage on a longer term deal with less guaranteed money. Bucs are one of the best organizations regarding managing their salary cap. For over a decade this team has been in the top 3 in “dead money”.

    I stand fast in my belief that the Bucs and Winston will come to an multi-year agreement with incentives for Wins, Giveaways, and Playoffs. He will hit these incentives because OC Lefty knows the value of handing the ball off to a stud at RB. Defense was much improved by the end of last year.

    Scribble it down. Winston and the front 7 will be back. Running game will be dramatically better through drafting a top RB. Defense will continue to get better.

    Playoffs in 2020 and a chance to play in a home Super Bowl game.

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    • From your keyboard to God’s ear!

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  21. This is a tough one, man. I trust Bruce Arians, but I %100 do not trust Jason Licht, and Licht is the one who drafted Winston. Hopefully Licht listens to his HC instead of his own terrible instincts.

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  22. Winston averages 24 turnovers a year since he’s been in the league. AVERAGES 24 turnovers a year. Now Mark Dominik may be a retard who is down all the way from NFL GM to just being on a radio, but he does have a point. Jameis Winston hasn’t deserved a raise to the franchise tag. I’d transition him for 1 year. If he prices himself out of Tampa Bay, so be it, he can be another teams turnover problem. If he wants to stay, he can take what he got last year which is 20-22 million. You go after a veteran, and if not be bold. Try and trade up for a QB this year or next. Cause this team is ready to win NOW!

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  23. Dom will probably never be a G.M. again, but does anybody believe if Licht gets fired he’ll get another G.M. job? The reason we’ve been losing the last 11 years is because both of them suck. The real problem is the Glazers, who haven’t found a competent G.M., or coach since their daddy died. I am reserving judgement on Arains though, one year is not enough time to make up for years of futility.

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    • Absolutely – this starts with ownership. Team hasn’t been the same since Malcom gave up the reigns.

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  24. What “Pro Sports” was suck-ass in a hot dog eating contest?

    Your not just anti Light and anti Winston. Your anti everything Bucs and a total jackass to boot.

    Just about everyone you criticize here makes you look like a total fool. From Vea to JPP to Todd Bowles. Your the most annoying fool On this board.

    Winston will be resigned so adios Pro Asshat.

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  25. I opened this article hoping that Dominik would have answered using his time as a GM to provide more insight into the process or something that would provide something resembling inside information.

    Instead, I got…..this. How in the name of God did this guy last as a GM? This is the type of analysis you get from the drunk guy next to you at a bar who is a moderate football fan but loves to yell out all of his opinions as if he’s a genius.

    I’m honestly floored at the lack of knowledge pertaining to cap space and how the market for free agents changes every year (IE contracts going up) by Dominik. Those are two of, arguably the top two, most important aspects of being a GM and he shows less than basic understanding in both.

    Unreal

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  26. I value Carson Palmer’s opinion above others.He said he was awful in BA’s offense his 1st year and thrived the 2nd.He sees the same happening to Winston.The Bucs cannot do any better.The free agents are long in the tooth and may be at the end of careers. Do that and hope next year’s draft is strong with QBs? Risky.Brady is washed out.

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