Just weeks after Bucs after picking up a two-year extension with head coach Raheem Morris, Tampa Bay announced on Monday that the team has agreed to a four-year contract extension with general manager Mark Dominik. Dominik, who has worked in the Bucs' front office since 1995, just finished his second season as G.M. and is in 16th season overall with Tampa Bay and had previously had his one-year option picked up by the team prior to this new deal.

"It's been a pleasure working with and getting to know Mark, so it's gratifying to witness his success," said co-chairman Joel Glazer. "Mark is dedicated to delivering the winner our fans deserve."

During his brief time as general manager, Dominik, who is considered one of the league's hot, young league executives, has presided over a major youth movement and roster overhaul. Last year, Tampa Bay had the league's youngest roster, yet the talent was there to produce a surprising 10-6 record in 2010. In Dominik's first season running the franchise, the Bucs went 3-13, so the seven-win differential marked the best single-season turnaround in team history. The Buccaneers also became the first team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to start 10 different rookies and finish with a winning record.

Dominik, who spent the majority of his Buccaneers career on the pro personnel side, has quickly become adept at selecting the right talent in the draft. In the team's last two drafts, Dominik had the foresight to trade up two spots to land franchise QB Josh Freeman in 2009, and was instrumental in working with director of college scouting Dennis Hickey to find several late-round gems over the past two years, such as cornerback E.J. Biggers, wide receiver Sammie Stroughter, free safety Cody Grimm, fullback Erik Lorig and linebacker Dekoda Watson – all of whom started at least one game in 2010.

Of the 15 players selected in the last two years, 13 remain with the team and 12 have been starters. Dominik has demonstrated a knack for identifying late-round and undrafted talent, such as 2010 fourth-round pick wide receiver Mike Williams, who led the team in receiving with just under 1,000 yards and caught a franchise-record 11 touchdowns as a rookie, and running back LeGarrette Blount, who rushed for 1,000 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie undrafted free agent.

"I'm appreciative of the confidence the Glazer family has in the direction of the franchise," Dominik said. "I'm looking forward to working into my 20th year as a proud part of this community and organization. The mission is to continue building this team into a lasting contender and to bring championships back to the Tampa Bay area."


Obviously, being Bucs fan I think this is a smart move by the Glazer's. Locking up one of the hottest young general managers in the league, right now. Speaks volumes as to how the owners feel about continuity and the direction the team is headed.