While the scouting team is busy checking out NFL Draft prospects at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, the decision-makers for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were making their final deliberations in the search for the team’s new general manager.
On Tuesday, they reportedly made their choice.
The Bucs have tabbed Jason Licht as their new General Manager. The two sides are still working out the contract.
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) January 21, 2014
Jason Licht has worked in the NFL since the mid 1990′s as a scout and front office executive, with his most recent post coming as VP of Player Personnel of the Arizona Cardinals. He has worked with four Super Bowl teams during his career (The Patriots twice, the Eagles and Cardinals once).
Licht’s was a part of the Patriots’ scouting team during the 2000 NFL Draft when they selected Tom Brady in the sixth round, but it’s impossible to know how involved he was in that decision. But he’s been a part of some very talented rosters, including helping to forge a competitive roster in Arizona despite the presence of a franchise quarterback.
Licht will work with Lovie Smith to prepare the Buccaneers for the 2014 NFL Draft, where his first big decisions as GM will come. Because while it has been reported that Lovie Smith will have final say over the 53-man roster, he won’t control the draft process, meaning Licht will lead the charge for the Buccaneers into this year’s NFL Draft.