Roundup: Bucs GM not hampered by restraints

Buccaneers fans may be growing a little anxious over some perceived inaction by the team’s front office. But general manager Mark Dominik is preaching patience.

The Buccaneers have made a few minor moves in free agency, and Dominik says that the Glazer family has not placed restrictions or controls over the team’s cap, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

“That’s not been instructed and that’s not the direction,” Dominik said Tuesday from the NFL Annual Meeting. “Our ownership has shown a history of buying players. I mean, Simeon Rice was the highest-paid defensive player in the National Football League.

“It may seem the other way where it’s just being cheap and they don’t want to be involved and they’re just trying to save the money. For me, when I got this opportunity and we sat down and I talked about what I envisioned for this football team, we wanted to build this football team with the youth and the draft as we did in years past. If you want to go make the splash in free agency and feel like it’s going to get you over the hump, you do it.”

Dominik anticipates the team becoming players in the ‘second-wave’ of free agency.

Other news making its way around the Web on Wednesday:

  • NFL owners are doing an exhaustive search to make sure that Shahid Khan is going to be a good fit for the NFL, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Khan is bidding to become the owner of the St. Louis Rams.
  • Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is expecting big things from RB Rashard Mendenhall. Tomlin told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the third-year back is capable of a lot more this season. Set your fantasy radar.
  • The Vikings are making progress on a new stadium, reports the Star Tribune. Vikings vice chairman Leonard Wilf told the paper that the team has made ‘positive progress’ in Minnesota in reaching a stadium resolution.
  • Bears coach Lovie Smith made a couple of comments about the team’s offensive starters, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. Devin Hester is expected to be a full-time receiver and punt returner (no kickoffs). RB Matt Forte is considered the starter, but will be challenged by Chester Taylor (via Twitter). MLB Brian Urlacher should be healthy.
  • Cowboys TE Jason Witten told the Dallas Morning News that he was disappointed by his lack of red zone scores last year (he had just two touchdowns), and he is looking to be better this season.
  • Saints coach Sean Payton said that Lynell Hamilton could be in the mix for short-yardage touches this year, with the departure of Mike Bell, according to The Time-Picayune.
  • Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio is on the hot seat. But he is sticking with QB David Garrard, according to the Florida Times-Union. Del Rio nixed the notion that Garrard has to out-play Luke McCown in training camp, attempting to avert a quarterback controversy. Garrard played in the 2010 Pro Bowl.
  • Ravens coach John Harbaugh believes that S Ed Reed is not retiring, according to the Baltimore Sun. The coach and Reed have been texting every day, Harbaugh told the newspaper.
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