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With trade deadline approaching, things appear quiet with Bucs

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While there's always the chance the Bucs are quietly working on another Gaines Adams-like trade, it seems unlikely right now that there will be a blockbuster move for Tampa Bay as today's trade deadline approaches.

The NFL has set a 4 p.m. deadline for deals to be made, and there are some notable players said to be on the trading block. But where the Bucs are concerned, general manager Mark Dominik seems to be of the opinion that acquiring talent to help this season -- a season that already seems like a wasted year -- at the expense of future draft picks isn't a wise move.

Asked before Sunday's game whether the second-round pick garnered from Chicago in the Gaines Adams trade could be used as a chip in a last-minute deal, Dominik said, "I have a hard time letting go of this draft choice."

That mirrors what we've heard from inside the organization, that the intention is to build through the draft. With three picks in the first four rounds of what is being called an excellent 2010 draft, the Bucs feel like they're positioned to instantly improve their team come April. It's not out of the question that Tampa Bay would be willing to deal any of its underperforming players for additional draft picks.

The point is, it would be a surprise to see a stud defensive lineman or any such player land here by day's end given the franchise's attitude toward building for the future. The emphasis at One Buc Place has officially changed from short-term bandages to long-term solutions.

Of course, whether fans have the patience for that is a whole other story.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:46pm]

    

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