Monday, April 11, 2011
Bucs extend GM Mark Dominik's deal
ESPN.com news services
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers agreed to a four-year extension with general manager Mark Dominik on Monday.
Dominik has overhauled the team's roster, making the Buccaneers the youngest team in the NFL.
"I am appreciative of the confidence the Glazer family has in the direction of the franchise," Dominik, who has been with the organization for 16 years, told the team's website. "I am looking forward to working into my 20th year as a proud part of this community and organization. The mission is to continue building this team into a lasting contender and to bring championships back to the Tampa Bay area."
In 2009, Dominik drafted rising star quarterback Josh Freeman, who enjoyed a breakout year last season with 3,451 yards, 25 touchdowns and just six interceptions. He also traded for Kellen Winslow, who set franchise marks for tight ends with 77 receptions and 884 yards that season.
In 2010, he selected receiver Mike Williams (964 yards, 11 touchdowns) and signed undrafted free agent LeGarrette Blount, who rushed for 1,007 yards.
The Bucs finished 10-6 last season but failed to advance to the playoffs as the New Orleans Saints (11-5) and Green Bay Packers (10-6) clinched the NFC's wild-card berths.
It was a colossal turnaround for Tampa Bay, which finished in the NFC South cellar at 3-13 in 2009.
The 39-year-old Dominik joined the Bucs in 1995 and served in a number of personnel and scouting positions before becoming director of pro personnel eight years ago. He was promoted to general manager after the 2008 season, taking the reins with coach Raheem Morris. The Buccaneers exercised a two-year option for Morris in January.
"It has been a pleasure working with a person and a talent like Mark, and so gratifying to witness his well-deserved success," Buccaneers co-chairman Joel Glazer told the team's website. "By the end of this contract, Mark will have dedicated two decades to giving Tampa the winner it deserves."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.