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Bucs to hire Jason Licht as new G.M.

With Falcons director of player personnel Lionel Vital saying Monday that he’ll be back in Atlanta, it should have been clear that the Buccaneers were closing in on giving their G.M. job to someone else.

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that the someone else is Cardinals director of player personnel Jason Licht.  Per Glazer, the two sides are working on a contract.

Licht, who returned to the Cardinals in 2012, has previously worked for the Patriots, Eagles, Cardinals, and Dolphins.

Pronounced “light” and not “licked” (a fact not as widely known in league circles as you’d imagine), Licht also interviewed with the Dolphins for their still-vacant G.M. position.

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16 Responses to “Bucs to hire Jason Licht as new G.M.”
  1. thepftpoet says: Jan 21, 2014 1:58 PM

    Hiring a castoff from a 4-12 team?

    This is why the Buccaners are terrible every year.

  2. bassplucker says: Jan 21, 2014 1:58 PM

    Good luck Jason.

    Just know that you will be nothing more than Lovie Smith’s order taker on draft day. And you can go ahead and plan on spending at least 4 draft picks every year on some combination of safeties and undersized D Linemen cuz that’s how Lovie rolls.

  3. uglyglazers says: Jan 21, 2014 2:00 PM

    If this wasn’t a GM light position, then this would have been a good hire. The poor man’s talents won’t even be used. Lovie Smith is picking the roster. Bears 2.0!

  4. nedhigginssports says: Jan 21, 2014 2:10 PM

    He brings with him years of experience , along with a hazmat suit and plenty of bleach wipes

  5. prideof10000lakes says: Jan 21, 2014 2:11 PM

    Being that they hired Lovie before him means that this is more Lovies team than his team anyway.

  6. thegregwitul says: Jan 21, 2014 2:17 PM

    So it looks like Licht will have control over the draft and free agency, with Lovie having final say over the 53 man roster. Those are the facts and it’s not a bad arrangement. If the coach is to be viewed as a leader by his players, it helps to have some kind of control over which players will be on his final roster.

    The haters and football ignorant can joke all they want in the comments, but real Bucs fans shouldn’t complain at all. Remember, this time last year it was Greg Schiano/Mark Dominik / Josh Freeman, and while the Bucs might not be 100% sold on Mike Glennon, it’s a heckuva lot better situation with a real coaching staff than it was twelve months ago.

  7. garyhd01 says: Jan 21, 2014 2:18 PM

    say what you will he will look good carrying lovie’s card to the podium. its a shame because i fear lovie’s defensive leanings may have been better deflected by allowing him to answer to a GM instead of telling one who to choose and who to trade for!!

  8. vusnu says: Jan 21, 2014 2:43 PM

    I remember some behind the scenes intrigue with Licht after he left Philly. Apparently he lost some sort of a power struggle with Howie Roseman, and it wasn’t pretty at the end. He ain’t so pretty either judging from that last mugshot.

  9. thelastpieceofcheese says: Jan 21, 2014 3:08 PM

    GM light! and why not! The four teams that played last Sunday all have a GM light. There are only 32 GM jobs in the NFL – all paying salaries in the seven digits.

    Mr. Licht is one of them. Welcome to Tampa Bay! We are going to the Superbowl!

  10. justintuckrule says: Jan 21, 2014 3:25 PM

    Turn out the lichts, the party’s over.

  11. bears4me says: Jan 21, 2014 3:54 PM

    Lovie Smith has total roster control. Who hires a GM before a coach.? Welcome to 8-8 or .9-7 seasons Tampa.

  12. jrbdiddy says: Jan 21, 2014 3:58 PM

    Hey genius the Cards were 10-6 not 4-12, but nice try lil man.

  13. 1uniquename says: Jan 21, 2014 4:16 PM

    8-8 or 9-7 might be over selling this guy. If he doesnt find a QB he will fail like Lovie did in Chicago. Unless you get an absolute workhorse team player, study non stop play maker like Russell Wilson at QB (who still has great stats and is only 2 years in the league, Mannings stats after his second season were worse). Then you need an absolute stud QB to do anything in this league and right now the Bucs, as well as most other teams, do not have that.

  14. quickstrong says: Jan 21, 2014 4:53 PM

    And the merry go round keeps on spinning, every three years the BUCS change coaches which is why the bucs never win anything at least this guy has experience with cleaning up MRSA.

  15. mauricecalhoun0211 says: Jan 21, 2014 5:47 PM

    As a bucs fan I’m interested to see how this plays out. It’s better than what we had last year. We can make all the predictions we want but until the season starts we will never know. I like the coaching staff we put together so far if nothing else it seems like we are trying to assemble a respectful one. On a side note to to 1uniquename. I don’t think u can actually compare manning and Wilson. Not saying Wilson isn’t good but they are asked to do two completely different things. The Seahawks lean on a strong running game and a really good defense. It isn’t on the quarterback to win games just not to lose them.

  16. wrathofruni says: Jan 23, 2014 11:38 PM

    I’ll take consistent 9-7 seasons with a potential playoff spot over 4-12 seasons any day. Welcome to Tampa Lovie and Licht.

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