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If you believe Dominik, Bucs not bidding for Nnamdi Asomugha



If you've followed much NFL coverage during the past few weeks, you’ve almost certainly seen the Bucs linked to Oakland Raiders free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha because of their considerable salary-cap space.

But if you’ve been paying attention around here for the past couple of years, you know that paying a 30-year old outsider $15 million or more annually doesn’t mesh with the philosophy the Bucs have utilized during the past two seasons.

Now, there’s another reason to believe the Bucs won’t be a factor in the Asomugha sweepstakes: Mark Dominik’s own words. Asked today about Asomugha specifically, Dominik came very close to saying “no thanks.”

“I would temper that,” Dominik said. “The way we’ve been building this football team, the way we’ve been doing this over the last couple of years, I think there’s a blueprint that’s already sitting in front of you all, and we’re going to follow that blueprint. . . That’s really going to be a key to what you see as time goes on.”

The blueprint, as you probably know, is to cultivate homegrown talent and allow it grow together. That means the likes of Josh Freeman, Mike Williams and, presumably, Davin Joseph. Asomugha? Not so much.

It’s still early in the week and the Bucs are in position to spend large amounts of money if they wish, but if Dominik is to be believed, Tampa Bay isn’t jumping into the race for Asomugha.


[Last modified: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 11:20pm]


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