TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik just finished his pre-draft media session and it was a bit more newsy than these things usually are.
Some quick highlights.
Dominik said long-snapper Andrew Economos tore his Achilles tendon several weeks ago. Since the Bucs can’t have contact with players during the lockout, Dominik does not know exactly what happened. But an injury of that nature could threaten the season for the special-teams captain and the Bucs may have to look for another long-snapper.
Dominik said the legal situation with Aqib Talib will not impact how the Bucs approach the draft. Although the Bucs still have Ronde Barber, E.J. Biggers and Myron Lewis, Dominik said his philosophy has always been that you can’t have enough talent at cornerback. As far as Talib’s future with the team, Dominik wouldn’t speculate and said there are too many unknowns. No doubt the lockout has an impact there, since the Bucs can’t talk to Talib.
Speaking of the lockout, Dominik had perhaps one of the best and most fresh quotes ever to come out of a pre-draft media session. He talked about how he has read Ernie Acorsi’s book, “The GM." “Next time I see Ernie Acorsi, I’m going to tell him, 'You missed a chapter –'The Lockout.''’’
Dominik said he’s pleased with Tampa Bay’s schedule, which includes a London trip and two prime-time home games. “I want us to live up to it because I’d like to have more.’’
Dominik said the Bucs, who haven’t been big players in free agency in recent years, will take an open approach, whenever free agency opens this year. He wouldn’t rule out the possibility of the Bucs adding a veteran or two to help speed along Tampa Bay’s youth movement.
He didn’t disagree with the common perception that a pass-rushing defensive end is Tampa Bay’s biggest need. “But that doesn’t mean that’s what our first pick is.’’ Dominik said it’s possible the Bucs could go in a different direction at No. 20, but admitted it’s very likely the Bucs will add a pass rusher at some point during the draft. I wouldn’t be surprised if they add two or three and one of them could be a linebacker.