With Falcons director of player personnel Lionel Vital declaring on Monday that he’ll be staying in Atlanta, it means he won’t be the next G.M. of the Buccaneers — even though some had reported that Vital was the leading candidate.
While Vital didn’t elaborate, his decision to stay in Atlanta could mean that he found out he wasn’t getting an offer to join coach Lovie Smith in Tampa.
With Vital out, the Bucs are down to three known candidates: Cardinals director of player personnel Jason Licht, Giants V.P. of player evaluation Marc Ross, and Titans director of player personnel Lake Dawson.
It’s unknown when a hire will be made, but Smith told PFT Live two weeks ago that the plan was to get the job filled soon.