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Once NFL labor deal is done, Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik is off and running with full schedule

On the day the NFL lockout finally ends, Bucs general manager Mark Dominik's day-planner:

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3:17 a.m. Wake up. Look at clock. Go back to sleep. After all, this isn't Jon Gruden's day-planner.

6 a.m. Wake up. Check the newspaper. Yeah, the lockout really is over. Yippee.

6:19 a.m. First thing, ponder this: Is it a year too early to offer Josh Freeman a long-term contract? Maybe. But how does five years and the mayorship of Tampa sound?

6:30 a.m. Show up at office. Hide the Red Bull from Raheem. He's going to be fired up enough.

7:06 a.m. Put on track shoes. It's going to be a busy day.

7:15 a.m. Study scouting reports on former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, just in case. Study scouting reports on local tattoo parlors, just in case.

7:25 a.m. Let assistant coaches out of storage closet. Unleash the season.

8 a.m. Call Davin Joseph's agent. Inform him the Bucs want him back. With a young quarterback, a young running back and a group of young receivers, this team has to have a solid offensive line.

8:15 a.m. — Call Quincy Black's agent. Inform him the Bucs consider him the linebacker they want back the most.

8:20 a.m. Review the free agent list. Double-check cornerbacks, linebackers and offensive tackles.

8:30 a.m. Remind co-workers to open the season-ticket windows and brace for the stampede. Operators are standing by.

8:37 a.m. Review the new labor agreement. How much money are the Bucs required to spend?

8:45 a.m. If it's that much, call Freeman's agent back. Extend offer to seven years. He can be a state representative.

8:54 a.m. Call information in Oakland, Calif. Ask for the number for Nnamdi Asomugha. Normal spelling, operator.

9 a.m. Reach Asomugha. Ask about rumors he wants $19 million a year. Hang up. Laugh loudly for 45 minutes.

9:45 a.m. Call back. Ask Asomugha if he will consider $19 a year for a million years.

9:55 a.m. Phone commissioner's office. Congratulate Roger Goodell for getting a raise from that $1 a year he was making during the lockout. Ask if he has made a decision on Aqib Talib.

10 a.m. Meet with Tiki Barber. Ask for his driver's license to be sure it isn't Ronde playing another trick on you. Tell Tiki you admire his DNA, but right now, the Bucs have no need for a 36-year-old running back unless someone is injured in training camp.

10:30 a.m. Put on Kevlar vest. Call Plaxico Burress, tell him you have all the weapons you need. Shoot, with Plaxico, it is better to pass on him, not to him.

10:45 a.m. Fax a contract offer to defensive end Adrian Clayborn, the team's No. 1 draft pick. Tell him the Bucs expect him to ruin the days of a lot of quarterbacks.

11 a.m. Fax a contract offer to defensive end Da'Quan Bowers, the team's No. 2 draft pick. Tell him the Bucs expect him to ruin the days of a lot of quarterbacks.

11:15 a.m. Ditto linebacker Mason Foster, the No. 3 draft pick. Foster remains the most likely player to start at middle linebacker.

11:30 a.m. Call Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff. Ask if he has polished that NFL executive of the year award that you should have won instead of him.

11:31 a.m. After all, Dimitroff's team went from nine wins to 13. Your team went from three wins to 10.

11:31 a.m. Not that anyone is counting.

11:45 a.m. If Asomugha is really that expensive, check out Johnathan Joseph of the Bengals. He'd look good in pewter, wouldn't he? Signing two to three second-tier free agents could help.

Noon Lunch with Barrett Ruud. If the order is wrong, ask Ruud to stop the waiter. After he does, measure to see if the waiter got a first down.

12:50 p.m. Tell Ruud the Bucs still appreciate him, and if the price is reasonable, they would like to have him back. For both parties, however, it is probably time for Ruud to let the market determine his value.

12:55 p.m. Ditto Cadillac.

1 p.m. Return to office, send out contract offers to the rest of your draft class.

1:15 Check the Internet to see who Steelers linebacker James Harrison is ticked at now.

1:45 p.m. Considering the chatter of Talib, remind everyone that releasing a player has nothing to do with the presumption of innocent until proven guilty. This isn't a courtroom. It's a decision of being tolerated until proven annoying.

2 p.m. Very diplomatically, please ask Simeon Rice to stop calling. The charges from his home planet are very expensive.

2:45 Fax the second page of the playbook to LeGarrette Blount, whether he needs it or not. (The first page, which said "break a lot of tackles,'' seemed to work just fine last year.)

3 p.m. Talk to the trainer about Gerald McCoy's biceps, Brian Price's groin, Clayborn's arm and Bowers' knee. Can you market the Fractured Foursome?

3:15 p.m. Tell assistant you will accept calls from Charlie Ward, Burt Ward and Ward Bond, but if Derrick calls, you aren't home.

4:05 p.m. Check the playbook. Next to "third down," write "Kregg Lumpkin."

4:30 p.m. Ponder wisdom of making Freeman's contract 10 years. Make him governor.

4:45 p.m. Check draft reports again. Teams have less time to evaluate this year, so other teams' practice squads may be enticing.

5 p.m. Call news conference. Announce that, to drive up attendance, the Bucs will have postgame concerts, too. Also, pro wrestling at halftime.

5:30 p.m. Go over plans for rookie minicamp, for training camp, for regular-season travel, for London game.

5:55 p.m. Check late headlines to make sure Talib isn't in any of them.

6 p.m. Go home. Leave track shoes at the office. For an NFL general manager, tomorrow is going to be busy again.

Once NFL labor deal is done, Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik is off and running with full schedule 07/15/11 [Last modified: Friday, July 15, 2011 10:37pm]
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