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Bucs G.M. job apparently down to three

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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.

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6 Responses to “Bucs G.M. job apparently down to three”
  1. evilglazers666 says: Jan 21, 2014 8:21 AM

    I feel bad for whoever gets this job.

  2. touchdownroddywhite says: Jan 21, 2014 8:24 AM

    Considering the talent Licht has helped acquire in Arizona, I hope it’s one of the other two.

  3. pftmaniac says: Jan 21, 2014 9:19 AM

    Even though Tampa Bay has an excellent Salary Cap situation and a nucleus of good players, the GM job is not very attractive at this point because of the power that Lovie Smith wields and the awful Glazer family ownership.

    The new GM is essentially going to be a figurehead that negotiates contracts for the players that Lovie Smith wants on the team, without the ability to utilize signing bonuses or spend to the limits of the Salary Cap each and every year.

    I’m sure that somebody will take the job, but this is position has been declined almost as many times as the Cleveland Head Coaching job.

  4. bassplucker says: Jan 21, 2014 9:36 AM

    Phil Emery took the Bears GM job two years ago knowing Lovie Smith was already the HC there. The difference between that situation and this being, Emery was told he only had to keep Lovie for one more season — an option he ultimately exercised. The new GM in Tampa has no such option. Lovie isn’t going anywhere for a long time so until and unless a candidate is OK with that, the Bucs GM job will go unfilled.

  5. garyhd01 says: Jan 21, 2014 10:01 AM

    this GM position and the one in miami have to be the worst GM spots in football, with the exception of the GM at dallas working for jerry jones does anyone know who that guy is?? oh yeah its jerry!!

  6. petedutcherjr says: Jan 21, 2014 10:57 AM

    You guys are not accurate in your assessment of Tampa. The Glazers have been spending lately. They didn’t before because of the looming lockout.

    Lovie Smith has gone on record saying he intends to spend.

    Personally, I thought Mark Dominick should have remained.

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