TAMPA – The Kansas City Chiefs are suddenly and surprisingly on the lookout for a new general manager after parting ways on Thursday with John Dorsey, the man who even more surprisingly let go of wide receiver Jeremy Maclin three weeks ago.
Could former Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik be a candidate? It’s not out of the realm of possibility.
The likelihood is that, given the timing of the Dorsey’s firing and the fact they’ve already re-arranged some of the pieces in their front offie, the Chiefs will hire from within. Indeed, co-director of player personnel Brett Veach is already considered a lead candidate.
But the Chiefs are expected to conduct several interviews for not only the GM job but perhaps the job that opens from an in-house hire and as far as we can tell, Dominik is once again available as a result of the recent purge at ESPN.
Dominik, who was a regular presence on the network’s NFL Live shows and a good one at that, was among the more than 100 ESPN staffers let go recently and we do know here at Florida Football Insiders that Dominik still has a yearning to get back into the NFL.
He has in fact interviewed for a couple of positions around the league in recent months, including that of general manager of the 49ers, but either he has yet to find the right fit or he hasn’t quite passed muster with the teams he interviewed with.
Cynics, of course, will say it’s the latter and while the team’s record during that span doesn’t support the claim, Dominik was nowhere near as bad a talent evaluator or general manager during his time at the Bucs helm as most believe.
What many seem to forget is that Dominik is the one who discovered left tackle Donald Penn all those years ago. He was also the GM who thought a lanky basketball player out of Southern Mississippi named Demar Dotson might make for a serviceable tackle one day.
And it was Dominik who pounded the table during the draft for the likes of Lavonte David, Doug Martin and Keith Tandy; who signed Vincent Jackson in free agency and who had the guts to cut a deal for what was then the best cornerback in the game in Darrelle Revis.
Oh, and it was Dominik who years ago began signing most of the team’s incoming free agents to contracts in which all or most of the guaranteed money that was owed to the player would be paid out over the course of the first two years of the deal.
That’s a trend that has caught on all across the league in recent years because it allows the team to quickly get out of a bad deal without suffering any long-term salary cap ramifications should the player not work out.
For years now the Bucs have gone into the offseason with more salary cap space to work with than most other teams and that trend was started by Dominik, who was left with a mess after he was given control of the Bucs following the wise firing of Bruce Allen in 2009.
Dominik would be inheriting a much different situation in Kansas City, where the Chiefs are certainly strong enough to make the playoffs this year and may even be strong enough to make the AFC title game or Super Bowl. He’s even got ties to the organization.
Dominik began his pro career with the Chiefs as a scout back in the mid 90s. A lot has changed since in Kansas City since but the feeling here is that, should they really be in the market for one, the Chiefs could do a lot worse by hiring someone other than Dominik as their new GM.