The latest “salary purge” at ESPN (their third in the last 18 months) claimed many prominent writers and on air personnel across several sports. F.F.I. has confirmed that former Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik was among the casualties in this latest go-round, one that numbered almost 100.
Although Dominik has yet to acknowledge his departure publicly (he did not return a message left by F.F.I.) we were first alerted that his status might have changed when he changed his Twitter handle over the weekend from @MarkdominikESPN to @MarkdominikNFL.
It was also curious to us that Dominik stopped tweeting midway through the opening round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night and as of 5:30pm on Monday still had not resumed tweeting anything original.
When “NFL Insiders,” the ESPN TV show Dominik has been an analyst on for the last three years aired on Monday afternoon, he was not part of the cast and there was no explanation as to where he was. We saw that as further confirmation.
Then, a separate ESPN source later Monday confirmed to F.F.I. that Dominik was part of the layoffs last week.
So the question now becomes, does Dominik try to stay in television somewhere or does he want to try to hook on with an NFL front office?
We previously wrote in March that Dominik was on the radar to potentially be the GM in Washington for the Redskins. There is obvious connection there with Redskins President Bruce Allen, who is the former Bucs GM himself.
Dominik worked under Allen in the personnel and scouting departments and then ironically, replaced Allen in Tampa when was fired after the 2008 season. Dominik was the Tampa Bay GM from 2009-13.
There are also now numerous scouting and personnel jobs open after the Buffalo Bills fired GM Doug Whaley on Sunday and their entire front office and scouting staff.
The Tennessee Titans also fired their head of scouting after the draft this weekend and there are also scouting and other personnel openings in Indianapolis, too.
So, obviously, a possible move back into an NFL front office could be on the horizon for Dominik, if that’s a route he wants to try.