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    • michael89156

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      Bucs have little 'dead money' June, 2, 2014 By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com Dominik05_24_11_1_t_zps9da386d9.jpg Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik’s tenure did not include a playoff berth. But, in hindsight, Dominik scored a major victory in one regard. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Bucs have the least "dead money" in the league at $901,763. Dead money is salary cap space taken up by players no longer on the roster. Although the Bucs have significant turnover this offseason, it hasn’t resulted in a lot of dead money. No other team is close to the Bucs in dead money. The Indianapolis Colts are the closest at $1.8 million. The Dallas Cowboys lead the league with $28.7 million in dead money. The bulk of Tampa Bay’s dead money comes from one player -- tackle Donald Penn, who was released and counts $667,000 toward the cap. The Bucs, who are $13 million under the cap, are in good shape largely due to the way Dominik structured contracts. He rarely gave out signing bonuses that are prorated over the life of a contract. Instead, Dominik preferred to pay high salaries on the front end of contracts. That eliminated a lot of dead money when the Bucs did part ways with players. But this tactic now has become more than a Dominik trick. It’s smart business and new general manager Jason Licht followed a path similar to what Dominik did with the contracts the Bucs have given this offseason.

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    • Anonymous

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      The use of guaranteed money versus signing bonuses was a really smart way of doing business.  Mark Dominick deserves lots of praise for the way he handled the money part of being the Buc’s GM.  Conversely, his draft record for his 1st 3 drafts was almost a complete failure.  Having so few of those players still on the team plays a huge part in having the $13 million in available cap space.  And the trading with the Jets for Revis and giving up 2 draft choices…including a 1st…..for a player that was recovering from major knee surgery and who played at less that 100% for the whole year.  Signing that player to a lucrative $16 million a year contract and then seeing that player get cut the following year is not a smart way of managing the acquisiton of players.I'm probably in the minority here, but IMO the bad decisions outweigh the good ones.

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    • Anonymous

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      Greenberg.

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    • Anonymous

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      Nobody deserves credit for it, it was common sense. And Nicks is going to cost $7M in dead money this year when he fails his physical in July.

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    • Anonymous

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      No dead money as long as you don’t cut Nicks or Goldson.

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    • Anonymous

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      Nobody deserves credit for it, it was common sense. And Nicks is going to cost $7M in dead money this year when he fails his physical in July.

      It must not be that "common" of sense if Mark was the best at it.  We all know you think the people who do this for a living are morons, but they are infinitely better than you are behind your keyboard.

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    • Anonymous

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      The only thing Dominik was the best at was inheriting $60M+ of cap space.

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    • Anonymous

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      The only thing Dominik was the best at was inheriting $60M+ of cap space.

      That and not using it on your junkie boyfriend.  Its a REALLY good thing we didnt listen to your brilliant plan of extending him.

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    • Anonymous

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      Nobody deserves credit for it, it was common sense. And Nicks is going to cost $7M in dead money this year when he fails his physical in July.

      If it were common sense no one in the league would have dead money. No, Greenberg has been an innovator in structuring contracts. Glad they retained him and are continuing the practice.Even if Nicks is cut in July, having $7 million in dead money is still near the bottom of the league. Good work there.

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    • Anonymous

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      Nobody deserves credit for it, it was common sense. And Nicks is going to cost $7M in dead money this year when he fails his physical in July.

      If it were common sense no one in the league would have dead money. No, Greenberg has been an innovator in structuring contracts. Glad they retained him and are continuing the practice.Even if Nicks is cut in July, having $7 million in dead money is still near the bottom of the league. Good work there.

      It's entirely arguable that no one else in the league inherited Bruce Allen and Jon Gruden's talent devoid team with absolutely no young players needing to be re-signed and thus $60 million in cap space. All the other teams had good young players making a lot of money, forcing them to push newly spent money into future years in order to fit it all under the cap.

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    • Anonymous

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      Actually the practice started under the Bruce Allen regime with Kevin Demroff who spearheaded the efforts to move away from signing bonuses as a way to help get the Bucs out of cap hell. The practice contouned under Dominik to the point the only players who received signing bonuses were rookies.

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    • discipleboy2000

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      Nobody deserves credit for it, it was common sense. And Nicks is going to cost $7M in dead money this year when he fails his physical in July.

      Actually when you're the only GM doing this, then its not really common sense (unless you're saying all of the other GMs are idiots).  Dont be ignorant...

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    • Anonymous

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      Actually the practice started under the Bruce Allen regime with Kevin Demroff who spearheaded the efforts to move away from signing bonuses as a way to help get the Bucs out of cap hell. The practice contouned under Dominik to the point the only players who received signing bonuses were rookies.

      Jeff Faine got a $15 million signing bonus in 2008.

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    • Anonymous

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      There is zero chance that Nicks gets cut in July.

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    • Anonymous

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      Nobody deserves credit for it, it was common sense. And Nicks is going to cost $7M in dead money this year when he fails his physical in July.

      are you suggesting that Dom was the only GM in the league with common sense?

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    • Anonymous

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      Nobody deserves credit for it, it was common sense.

      ugh, give me a break

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    • jamesh

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      “Dominik scored a major victory in one regard”Best Haircut award at league meetings '10, '12, and '13.

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    • Anonymous

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      Nobody deserves credit for it, it was common sense. And Nicks is going to cost $7M in dead money this year when he fails his physical in July.

      are you suggesting that Dom was the only GM in the league with common sense?

      I'm suggesting you can only do this with a substantial amount of cap room and Dominik inherited an obscene amount of cap room.

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    • Anonymous

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      When u dont spend UP TO the cap the previously 5 years and have NO money committed to ANYONE, its easy to front load contracts. Actually it wouldve been dumb not to.

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    • Anonymous

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      man, Dom deserves a lot of blame for a lot of things, but no credit for the structure of the contracts?  c’mon

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    • Anonymous

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      You can’t win with these jokers.

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    • Anonymous

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      It does not mean you lose your “I Hate Dom” card if you acknowledge one area of competence or success.

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    • Anonymous

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      Dominik wasn’t stupid, he was just an awful talent guy.

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    • Anonymous

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      Dominik wasn't stupid, he was just an awful talent guy.

      +1

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    • Anonymous

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      Nicks is dead money. He is on the roster technically, but in reality he isn’t.The flip to having no dead money from the Revis deal is that we flushed away a 2013 Rd 1 pick and structured the deal so that it was not possible to continue. Yes no dead money is good, but the negatives from the way the deal was structured outweighs the benefits IMO

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    • Anonymous

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      Nicks is dead money. He is on the roster technically, but in reality he isn't.The flip to having no dead money from the Revis deal is that we flushed away a 2013 Rd 1 pick and structured the deal so that it was not possible to continue. Yes no dead money is good, but the negatives from the way the deal was structured outweighs the benefits IMO

      Even with the 2013 1st round pick Dom would have been the guy doing it and he failed there. Knowing he sucked at drafting people he choose to trade it away. Something about 1 in the hand is worth 2 in the bush.

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    • Anonymous

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      Dominik wasn't stupid, he was just an awful talent guy.

      He's a good talker but it's pretty hard to say what he actually did. All the postmortems have said almost all the primary moves were dictated by the coaches.

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    • brycen54

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      So his thought process was “I suck at my job, I may as well squander these resources”? Hell of a theory there.

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    • Anonymous

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      Dominik wasn't stupid, he was just an awful talent guy.

      He's a good talker but it's pretty hard to say what he actually did. All the postmortems have said almost all the primary moves were dictated by the coaches.

      that's interesting because I guess it then turns on how one views the GM's role

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    • Anonymous

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      Contract structure was (sad to say) Marks crowning achievement as our GM.  However, given how our contracts have remained similar in structure with better terms (imo) since his departure I have to wonder how much of the credit there should go to him.  Entirely possible that he does deserve the credit and we are now simply continuing a solid practice.  In any event, no matter who designed/implemented the strategy he was the GM.  Just like he takes blame for a lot of things that may not have been totally his decision, he should get credit for our continued good cap position.

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    • Anonymous

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      He was a good gm. He overpaid for some players, and was burdened with two inept coaches (one of which he may have brought in).Revis was healthy, mccoy is better than suh, and Vj has been a baller.Dom has been getting some sh1t he doesn't deserve, and I doubt licht does much better (scouting wise).

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    • Anonymous

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      Dominik wasn't stupid, he was just an awful talent guy.

      He's a good talker but it's pretty hard to say what he actually did. All the postmortems have said almost all the primary moves were dictated by the coaches.

      I'll tell you why I have a hard time buying this.  If the primary moves of the organization were prompted by the coaches, then why even consider firing Dominik?  If this is the argument, then Dominik was great at his job, from an ownership perspective, because he kept costs and dead money down.  The Glazers would have stood by Dominik throughout the hiring and firing processes.  Football isn't baseball.  You can suck and still sell out... look at the Browns.  Down Florida, yeah it's harder because of the high amount of transient residents, but still, you don't need a winner every year to make money in the NFL.  If Dominik was "good for the business" of football as the Glazers saw it, there's no way they'd have fired him.  To me, by them firing Dominik, it tells me that Dominik had his hands fully in the talent evaluation, courtship, and roster assembly.  Sure, coaches absolutely should have a say in the goings on, but still, the GM is supposed to be more on top of talent evaluation.  This is where Dominik failed miserably.

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    • Anonymous

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      .....and I doubt licht does much better (scouting wise).

      based on?

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    • Anonymous

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      He handled the numbers stuff very well.  But talent evaluation was poor. He would of been a great capoligist, but being a good GM is something else entirely.Talent evaluation is a gift. I think a couple of the best in the league right now, are Ozzie and Schneider.

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    • Anonymous

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      Now you all see why JC makes the big bucks.

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    • Anonymous

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      Nicks is dead money. He is on the roster technically, but in reality he isn't.The flip to having no dead money from the Revis deal is that we flushed away a 2013 Rd 1 pick and structured the deal so that it was not possible to continue. Yes no dead money is good, but the negatives from the way the deal was structured outweighs the benefits IMO

      Even with the 2013 1st round pick Dom would have been the guy doing it and he failed there. Knowing he sucked at drafting people he choose to trade it away. Something about 1 in the hand is worth 2 in the bush.

      I'm not totally against that line of thinking either, so long as you keep that proven commodity for more than a year, and don't force the franchise to part ways because you signed him to an unmanageable contract

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    • Anonymous

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      Nicks is dead money. He is on the roster technically, but in reality he isn't.The flip to having no dead money from the Revis deal is that we flushed away a 2013 Rd 1 pick and structured the deal so that it was not possible to continue. Yes no dead money is good, but the negatives from the way the deal was structured outweighs the benefits IMO

      Even with the 2013 1st round pick Dom would have been the guy doing it and he failed there. Knowing he sucked at drafting people he choose to trade it away. Something about 1 in the hand is worth 2 in the bush.

      I'm not totally against that line of thinking either, so long as you keep that proven commodity for more than a year, and don't force the franchise to part ways because you signed him to an unmanageable contract

      Revis is saying he could be one and done in NE.  Bring him back for 2015? 

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