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.