New Bucs general manager Mark Dominik has been busy working the phones at One Buccaneer Place, but not all of his time has been spent attempting to lure free agents to Tampa Bay.
Dominik has been busy trying to make trades, the latest of which involved Denver quarterback Jay Cutler.
According to NFL.com, several teams were involved in the trade involving New England and Kansas City that sent QB Matt Cassel to the Chiefs in exchange for a 2009 second-round draft pick on Saturday.
Before that trade went down this morning, NFL.com reports that Detroit and Tampa Bay were involved in the trade talks. The Bucs apparently were attempting to orchestrate a three-way trade that would have sent Cassel to Denver to reunite him with former Patriots offensive coordinator and new Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels, Cutler to Tampa Bay and presumably one of the Bucs' premium draft picks to the Patriots.
While Denver evidently entertained the proposal from Tampa Bay and Detroit, which was similar in nature, the three-way trade possibility, which was considered by the Broncos, was killed when the Patriots dealt Cassel to the Chiefs.
Dominik did not reply to Pewter Report's text messages regarding the Cutler report.
The Bucs re-signed QB Luke McCown before the start of free agency. They have three signal callers – McCown, Brian Griese and Josh Johnson – under contract for the 2009 season. The Bucs are still believed to be in the market for another quarterback.
Ironically, it was nearly two years ago to the date when former Bucs G.M. Bruce Allen traded for Denver QB Jake Plummer, who opted to retire instead of playing for the Bucs.
Cutler, 25, was a Pro Bowler in 2008. He has completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 9,024 yards and 54 touchdowns and 37 interceptions since entering the league as a first-round pick out of Vanderbilt in 2006.
On Friday, the Bucs traded a 2009 second-round pick and a 2010 fifth-round selection, first reported by SI.com, to the Browns in exchange for tight end Kellen Winslow. Tampa Bay has also expressed interest in trading for Oakland running back Michael Bush.