Mark Dominik: "A great day in Buccaneer history."
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn't make a splash in free agency in the first 24 hours—they made a tidal wave.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers kept their word. They went out and spent real money on high-quality players.
Wednesday at One Buccaneer Place, they put their prized trio on stage, introduced them to the media, let them give a few thoughts on the 24-hour whirlwind that delivered wide receiver Vincent Jackson, guard Carl Nicks and corner Eric Wright.
Here are some thoughts from your new Buccaneers.
"Family," is what he said he perceived about the atmosphere at One Buc Place.
What type of player will we see in Jackson?
"I'm a guy that's gonna work hard and lead by example. I want to be a dynamic receiver."
Jackson's thoughts on quarterback Josh Freeman:
"Josh is a big, strong guy. He's hungry to be one of the elite quarterbacks in the league."
Jackson on "Why Tampa Bay?"
"We believe in what they have here. The team starting this year is not the team that started last year."
What grade would you give the Bucs so far?
"I felt really special," he said of the way he was courted by the Bucs.
"We're gonna get physical here in the run game. That's what I'm all about."
Why Tampa Bay?
"They're doing something here. When I checked my phone and saw they signed Vincent Jackson, that's what I thought."
On becoming the highest-paid guard in the NFL:
"It's humbling. It's an honor. It's a blessing. You gotta work twice as hard to let people know why you got what you got."
On facing his old team, the Saints, twice a year:
"Interesting. Expect nothing less than what I used to do to Tampa Bay."
"Family," is what he said of the Buccaneer atmosphere that attracted him to the team.
"It all happened so fast," he said.
How will Wright fit in on the Bucs defense?
How many games will the Bucs win in 2012?
"I felt comfortable in any style of defense."
There you have it. Tidbits straight from the mouths of the horses themselves.
General manager Mark Dominik called it "A great day in Buccaneer history," and "a unique opportunity for our football team."
Head coach Greg Schiano was short and sweet: "This is high-pressure stuff," he said of the free-agency rush. "We're very excited. I can't wait to coach these guys."
There is also excitement among the players.
Safety Larry Asante put it best in an interview with 1010 AM host Justin "The Commish" Pawlowski.
"This is very, very, very exciting," Asante said.
Editor's Note: The Buccaneer press conference was carried live on 1010 AM Sports Radio.