Two days after exercising a two-year option on head coach Raheem Morris’ contract, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have picked up the option on general manager Mark Dominik’s contract, Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times reports.
Dominik has been with the Buccaneers for 16 years, and replaced Bruce Allen in January of 2009. Both Dominik and Morris were elevated to their current positions at the same time, and the results thus far are positive.
Dominik’s first draft class yielded franchise quarterback Josh Freeman, who along with Morris, guided the NFL’s youngest team to a 10-6 mark in year two of a fairly extensive rebuilding process.
Last April, the Buccaneers added defensive building blocks Gerald McCoy and Brian Price with their first two picks, while also adding two receiving weapons for Freeman in Arrelious Benn and NFL Rookie of the Year finalist Mike Williams.
Dominik claimed undrafted rookie LeGarrette Blount off waivers, a path the Bucs also took to add young talent, including several mid-round draft choices, that were discarded by other clubs.
The Buccaneers will have the 20th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft on April 28.