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Buccaneers GM initiated Adams trade, concedes pick didn't 'pan out'



General manager Mark Dominik just made his first public comments after Friday night's Gaines Adams trade.

He admitted, among other things, that he initiated the conversations.

"As a general manager, I think it's my responsibility to be in contact with all 31 other teams, especially this part of the year, to have an opportunity to find out what's going on," he said. "If you don't know that Braylon Edwards is (worth) a 3 and a 5, you're not doing your job. We'll call around to all the clubs and just talk about players, talk about what they have in terms of needs, talk about what we have that we think can help our football team. From there, we worked through the conversation with (Bears GM) Jerry Angelo to facilitate the trade."

Dominik also conceded that Adams' time here was a disappointment given his status as a fourth overall pick.

"The bottom line is, you took a player with the fourth pick in the draft," he said. "It did not pan out the way you would hope it would. So, what you end up with is a second round pick and it'll be on the organization to make sure that pick matters.

"Gaines has a lot of potential," Dominik added. "I wish nothing but the best for Gaines Adams. He handled this very well when I talked to him on the phone. He was professional about it."

Dominik also made it pretty clear the Bucs are not interested in rolling this pick over into another deal for any of the veteran players who are available before Tuesday's trade deadline, saying this pick is of great importance to the organization.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:45pm]


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