The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going through all of their options at the general manager position, interviewing various candidates to replace Mark Dominik as the architect of the Buccaneers’ roster.
And despite the emergence of top contenders like Lionel Vital from the Falcons and Morocco Brown from the Redskins, a new name has emerged with a reported “very impressive” interview.
Jason Licht, the Vice President of Player Personnel for the Arizona Cardinals, met with the decision makers in Tampa Bay recently, and left a good impression.
Arizona exec Jason Licht had a very impressive interview with Bucs HC Lovie Smith for their GM opening I'm told. Very much in that mix
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 15, 2014
Licht was a front-runner for the Chicago Bears‘ GM position last year, but was not selected despite being a strong candidate. He returned to the Cardinals and received a promotion instead.
Licht has plenty of varied experience, starting as a scout with the Panthers and Patriots in the late 90′s and early 2000′s. He has since been a front office executive with the Patriots, Eagles and Cardinals.
It’s tough to determine the “skill level” of a front office member, but Licht’s rise from college scout to high-ranking official in various front offices was very quick, and therefore encouraging.
Vital and Brown figure to be the front-runners for the position, as both have been rumored to have held second interviews with the team. But Licht’s name is one to remember, as the Buccaneers seek out the right GM to work with Lovie Smith to get the franchise back on track.