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Buccaneers’ Dominik stresses value of elite cornerbacks

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Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 07:15 AM
PHOENIX -

Listening to Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik talk about the value of shutdown cornerbacks Monday, it's no surprise the Buccaneers haven't disavowed interest in Darrelle Revis.

National reports have linked Tampa Bay to trade talks for Revis, widely considered the premier corner in the NFL. Revis is recovering from knee surgery and is in the final year of his deal with the New York Jets.

While Dominik didn't mention Revis by name on the first day of the annual March owners meetings, he talked in general terms about the scarcity of elite cornerbacks.

"They're really hard to find,'' Dominik said, "and that makes them an interesting commodity. We go into the draft every year and everybody thinks maybe that's the guy, but there's very few of them. When they come out, it's pretty noticeable who they are.

"That's why so many corners go in the first round every year, because you're trying to find that guy who can help you take away a portion of (the opposing) offense.''

The Bucs targeted San Francisco 49ers safety Dashon Goldson at the start of free agency and Dominik acknowledged the team isn't satisfied with its current depth at corner.

"Here in mid-March, we don't have enough corners under contract we feel can compete,'' he said. "There's a lot of work to be done there, but Coach (Greg) Schiano isn't afraid of playing young players. There's still unrestricted free agents we want to discuss. We wanted to upgrade the secondary and we felt Dashon was the best available player.

"We know he's going to make an impact in games. Certainly, we want to work on our perimeter. We're not blind to it, but at the same point, I don't want to feel hostage to it, because then you'll make a mistake.''

Dominik also said no final decision has been made on embattled cornerback Eric Wright, who was suspended by the league four games in 2012 for violating the policy on performance-enhancing substances.

A grievance filed by Wright, challenging the voiding of his contract guarantee for 2013, was denied last week, paving the way for Tampa Bay to release him without paying Wright $7.75 million.

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