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Bucs continue to believe grass isn’t greener in free agency

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The Buccaneers re-signed Tim Crowder to a two-year contract on Friday, which shouldn’t come as a big surprise.

Tampa has focused on retaining their own players this offseason, showing little to no interest in other free agents.  The only outside free agent they have signed was Atlanta punter Michael Koenan.

“By re-signing Davin Joseph, I didn’t have to go out and sign a guard that may have been more popular outside the team. The grass isn’t greener. We want to keep our guys here,” G.M. Mark Dominik said, via the Tampa Tribune.

Dominik points out that a lot of teams spent less over the last few weeks. While Tampa showed some interest in tackle Doug Free, Dominik’s approach has remained cautious.

“When you step back and look at the free-agency class, and we all talk about it after the fact, it’s hard to buy a championship in the NFL. It really is. So our belief is to try to keep as many of our guys here as we can,” Dominik said.

We can’t really argue. The Packers and Steelers got to the Super Bowl last year using the same approach.  Dominik doesn’t plan to change.

“We stayed the course, we’re going to stay the course, and I feel out there from the fans that they’re excited about these young guys,” Dominik said.

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31 Responses to “Bucs continue to believe grass isn’t greener in free agency”
  1. hobartbaker says: Aug 5, 2011 3:04 PM

    Or as they say down in T Bay, Fla., “the green is always grassier on the other side of the fairway”.

  2. houseofbacon says: Aug 5, 2011 3:10 PM

    Good for them, for having a plan and sticking to it. The turnaround has been fun to watch, so far.

  3. Picked_Off says: Aug 5, 2011 3:14 PM

    It’s been working for them. Gruden and Bruce Allen left that team an absolute mess. They destroyed that team. Too old, too slow, couldn’t stop anyone and couldn’t move the ball. Glad to see them turning it around.

  4. preakin says: Aug 5, 2011 3:22 PM

    The great football dynasties have been built through drafting, and keeping those players together for a long time. You cannot buy championships in this league, unlike baseball.

  5. severs28 says: Aug 5, 2011 3:24 PM

    houseofbacon says:
    Aug 5, 2011 3:10 PM
    Good for them, for having a plan and sticking to it. The turnaround has been fun to watch, so far.
    __________________________
    Except live right?

  6. rubicon202 says: Aug 5, 2011 3:26 PM

    LOL…turn around in the sense a puppy chasing his tail..

  7. JackLeone says: Aug 5, 2011 3:32 PM

    It’s not always about “greener”. In the case of the NFC south, it’s about improving the team. With all of the changes the Saints made, the title chase goes thru them…

  8. 28allday says: Aug 5, 2011 3:35 PM

    I would blame the regime after them if anything. Why is grudens fault those idiots went from a super bowl to ten years without a playoff victory???

  9. gaadr says: Aug 5, 2011 3:44 PM

    I am a fan of the approach. I just hope they don’t become stubborn about it…passing on a player who could help just out of principle.

  10. rickycubane says: Aug 5, 2011 3:53 PM

    I really like the Bucs.. they were fun to watch last year, i love Freeman and Mike Jackson, Benn, and the Blount story undrafted free agent rookie with bad history wins ROY was awesome.. but they should have went out and got 1 free agent who could have made an immediate impact, in my mind reggie bush would have been a great foil to Blount, totally different for a change of pace.. granted he wasnt a guy id hand a bunch of money too, or if they had gotten Asomuagh with all the cap room they had.. someone who single handedly could win a game for you.. if i was a Bucs fan id be dissapointed with the offseason, granted they have a lot to look foward to

  11. freedomispopular says: Aug 5, 2011 4:02 PM

    I remember when Ted Thompson took over as the Packers’ GM a few years ago and he had the same approach, and everyone criticized him for it. It took a few years, but he built a winner.

  12. lesticles1983 says: Aug 5, 2011 4:15 PM

    This is a horrible idea on their part. they were blessed with a honey of a schedule last year. Although they play relatively decent ball, they should get blasted by the rest of NFC South teams except Carolina (they’re going to suck).

  13. 1bigtex says: Aug 5, 2011 4:17 PM

    The great football dynasties have been built through giving the 30th ranked punter in the NFL almost $20 million!!!

  14. brockaneer says: Aug 5, 2011 4:35 PM

    The Bucs are 2-2 against the Saints in the last two years, and choked away at least one win (probably two) against the Falcons this year. I find it hard to understand how everyone rates New Orleans and Atlanta, yet dogs Tampa Bay when the Bucs were knocking on the door last year. I mean, knock the “easy” schedule if you want, but it’s the same one the Falcons and Saints played, save for two games.

  15. dogsweat1 says: Aug 5, 2011 4:38 PM

    Los Angeles Bucs..

  16. tomcous says: Aug 5, 2011 4:50 PM

    @hobartbaker says:
    Aug 5, 2011 3:04 PM
    Or as they say down in T Bay, Fla., “the green is always grassier on the other side of the fairway”.

    ——————–

    and that’s also my reasoning for my poor golf game … I’m just hitting where it’s greener … looked greener from that side

  17. xavierpearl says: Aug 5, 2011 4:59 PM

    Typical penny pinching Glazers

  18. lesticles1983 says: Aug 5, 2011 5:00 PM

    For real! The Buccaneers were 1-5 against teams with winning records last season, and they were 9-1 against teams with losing records. Granted the one win was againts a beat up Saints team.

  19. dwntwnbadboy19 says: Aug 5, 2011 5:02 PM

    I like the approach, but it would be nice to have a few more vetrans on the team, maybe keep some of our guys out of jail.

  20. brasho says: Aug 5, 2011 5:29 PM

    lesticles1983 says:
    Aug 5, 2011 5:00 PM
    For real! The Buccaneers were 1-5 against teams with winning records last season, and they were 9-1 against teams with losing records. Granted the one win was againts a beat up Saints team.

    +++++++++++++
    Wrong, lesticless. The Bucs beat that Saints team up. Sean Payton said as mush at the end of the season when he said that maybe he shouldn’t have tried to beat Tampa at the end of the season because they got beat up during the game… and I mean they were absolutely beaten down.

  21. deedub1639 says: Aug 5, 2011 5:34 PM

    The great football dynasties have been built through drafting, and keeping those players together for a long time. You cannot buy championships in this league, unlike baseball.
    ################################
    Maybe so but the SB Teams always add key pieces through free agency… The BUCS are cheap and they hide it by saying they are building through the draft. Examples off the top of my head from the last two winers:

    GB – Charles Woodson
    Saints – Drew Brees

  22. wizahdry says: Aug 5, 2011 5:35 PM

    I disagree. Bucs don’t have to turn the entire team over to just sign a couple of free agents to improve the team. Every team goes into a season with weaknesses. You can’t address them all through the draft when you’re the youngest in NFL. Getting one proven o-line and d-line guy with another rb wouldn’t have hurt anything. The Bucs are just cheap and aren’t going to spend that whole cap until it is mandatory in a few years. Even then the NFL will have to pry it from their cold thrifty hands.

  23. bucwild05 says: Aug 5, 2011 5:44 PM

    As a Die Hard Bucs Fan, this would be the most Excited I have been for an upcoming season. 99% of it has to do with Freeman and Blount. Freeman has a lot of pressure on him for success.

    As for all these stat people, I am sick of hearing about how “easy” the schedule was, and as someone else stated, the Saints and Falcons played the same schedule.

    Here’s a stat for you: only two QB’s in NFL history have 6 or less interceptions in their 2nd year with at least 200 attempts. Care to guess?

    Freeman and a guy named Dan Marino.

    Doubt all you want. You can say that the Glaziers don’t like to spend the money, but, these are the best owners the Bucs have ever had. They are building a team that can compete every year for a championship, not like the Eagles who are going all in trying to buy a Super Bowl.

  24. bucwild05 says: Aug 5, 2011 5:54 PM

    @deedub1639

    Really???? 2 players? 1 for each team? That’s you defense on Free Agency? Hahahahahaha!

    Woodson made that much of a difference? Check his stats for his Superbowl year!

    Brees I will give you, but everyone knew the Saints did not have a QB before Brees. The Bucs do have a great QB.

  25. dwntwnbadboy19 says: Aug 5, 2011 5:54 PM

    @bucwild05…. Well put man! Where ya dig that stat up? lol.. Love it! Lets just hope that unlike Marino, Freeman wins the grand prize! GO BUCS!

  26. skinsfantom says: Aug 5, 2011 7:00 PM

    BUCS look good to me.

  27. jayslang says: Aug 5, 2011 7:20 PM

    Built to last. Good to Great..love the plan keep it up. They made plays for free agents they thought fit their plan ( Joseph, Free) when they didn”t get em, they didn’t reach for marginal stop gaps..In Dom we trust.

  28. muttbolts says: Aug 5, 2011 7:27 PM

    I think it they should have got a wide reciever.but cant wait to see how freeman does this year.

  29. getitdoneplz says: Aug 5, 2011 7:53 PM

    Dominik should’ve tried to keep Ruud. Barrett made all the tackles, calls and lined the D up by Dominik told him to go elsewhere. that will hurt the Bucs more than Gruden and Bruce Allen did.

  30. bucforever says: Aug 5, 2011 9:45 PM

    The Bucs will come out of this locked out preseason as the best prepared team in the NFL. This should be a great season for them . Everybody keep healthy and we will see them all in the play offs. You just got to BELIEVE! GO BUCS.

  31. bucsballer says: Aug 7, 2011 4:15 PM

    I agree with the bucs move but could someone explain to me y we didn’t resign rudd? I felt he led the d and became confused to see he went to the titans

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