Dominik says Bucs are ready to trade up, or to trade down

In what appears to be yet another effort to persuade the media and the fan base that the Buccaneers aren’t even cheaper than one of the teams that played a fairly important game in Raymond James Stadium twelve months ago (yeah, it would have been a lot easier to just say “the Cardinals”), G.M. Mark Dominik told Steve Duemig of WDAE radio on Monday that the team is prepared to trade up in the draft.  (Via JoeBucsFan.com.)

The Buccaneers currently hold the third pick in the draft.  A trade up would mean that they want one of the premier defensive tackles — Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy.

Of course, he also said that the team is prepared to trade down, and that’s the far more likely direction.  Even though it would result in more draft picks and thus more contracts to be given to first-year players, the cumulative cost of the deal given to the lower pick in round one and the other picks they acquire will be less than the cost of signing the third pick.

Trading down could make a lot of sense, given the number of top-ten teams that need a quarterback.  The Bucs aren’t one of them, so they could hold an auction for the ability to pick Sam Bradford or Jimmy Clausen, with the Redskins, Browns, and Seahawks all potentially in the bidding.

Such a maneuver would fit with Dominik’s vow to build through the draft, which generally entails far less money than searching for a big-money free agent who might come in an propel the Buccaneers back to the top of the division, the conference, and/or the league.

20 responses to “Dominik says Bucs are ready to trade up, or to trade down

  1. “Such a maneuver would fit with Dominik’s vow to build through the draft, which generally entails far less money than searching for a big-money free agent who might come in an propel the Buccaneers back to the top of the division, the conference, and/or the league.”
    That statement sounds like free agency is the only way to win a division. But what about teams like the Steelers who rarely work free agency (and if they do, its just for depth or temporary fill-ins) who are perennial contenders for the division title and playoffs?
    I think building through the draft is the smartest way to build a team long term. I’m glad some teams still have a far-sighted view and arent in a constant “Win, win now” mentality.

  2. The Bucs are lot further away from propelled back to the top of anything than just one big-money free agent. They have so many holes, one free agent isn’t going to make a difference this year.

  3. This article could be written for any team. Due diligence requires that all teams look at trading up/down.

  4. 22Apr2010, Radio City Music Hall, New York.
    Goodell at the podium…
    “With the third pick in the 2010 NFL draft, Manchester United selects…”

  5. I’m with you drumbug71, I think building through the draft is the best way to go! I’m tired of the quick fix solution that we’ve seen the past 5 yrs. You end up getting old washed up guys that will get you to the playoffs but you know that you really don’t stand a snowballs chance in h*@@ to win once you get there.

  6. why would the redskins trade up i know they would be willing to trade down, but up? they only have 5 picks as it is …i think they are gonna sit at 4 and pick the best available which could be eric berry..as for the bucs i see suh falling to them at 3

  7. why would the redskins trade up i know they would be willing to trade down, but up? they only have 5 picks as it is …i think they are gonna sit at 4 and pick the best available which could be eric berry..as for the bucs i see suh falling to them at 3

  8. There isn’t any one player in FA that will win games for the Bucs this year VS what they can get in the draft.
    Were you half asleep when you made those comments?

  9. Waterboy–
    It goes even deeper than that, too. When you have all of these washed up old guys who come in for one, two, maybe even three seasons, and that is the basis of your roster (as it had been under Gruden) then the fanbase has nobody to get behind. Why do you think nobody around Tampa owns a jersey that isn’t nearly a decade old (or at least from an old player.)
    The Glazers know that they need to draft better and develop guys so that the fanbase can become reconnected with the team, by way of great individual players who started with the Bucs, and are only associated with the Bucs. There is no way to do that when all of your contributors are cast-offs and has-beens. Gruden may have been a very good coach with sub-par talent, but he is the reason that he only had sub-par talent to work with.

  10. I can’t see the Browns getting a QB first round, let alone being in a bidding war for those 2. Maybe if the QB’s coming out this year were better…

  11. Suh is the only person worth trading up for. You just take the rest where they fall…not that Berry or McCoy won’t be great, I’m just saying Suh is the best of them.
    Also, free agency is the biggest ripoff in sports. Teams that blow up the market generally lose. Why doesn’t anyone know that except for every fan (zing sportswriters!)

  12. I am a life long Bucs fan and believe they will trade down. Overwhelmingly Bucs bloggers want Suh. This sounds like a ploy to get some excited but I will be (pleasantly) surprised if the Glazer’s would pay for a 1st round pick.

  13. 22Apr2010, Radio City Music Hall, New York.
    Goodell at the podium…
    “With the third pick in the 2010 NFL draft, Manchester United selects…”
    lol
    Best post…………….

  14. The first step should be getting rid of coach Radio Raheem and that dumb ass O.C. Greg Olsen… what a bum. We do need to build through the draft. I am not sold on that Freeman kid either. We need to bring defense back to TB.

  15. The first step should be getting rid of coach Radio Raheem and that dumb ass O.C. Greg Olsen… what a bum. We do need to build through the draft. I am not sold on that Freeman kid either. We need to bring defense back to TB.

  16. The absolute worst part of this organization is the college scouting staff…until that changes don’t expect anything good to come out of this draft for the Bucs…

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