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Jason Licht Says Tampa Bay Buccaneers are Willing to Trade Down

Jason Licht and Lovie Smith held a joint press conference today regarding next week’s NFL Draft and the Bucs new general manager made one thing clear: he is willing to trade down.

“That’s definitely something we’d look into,’’ Licht said. “We’ve already reached out to teams. If our player isn’t there, we’d be open to conversations about moving back.’’

The Bucs currently have six draft picks in 2014, but Licht has said previously that building through the draft is key and by trading back, the Bucs will be able to pick up some more draft picks.

Licht didn’t mention one way or another what they would do if they ended up picking seventh overall, but he certainly made it clear that he is willing to trade the selection.

“If a team loves a player around where we’re at and they don’t want to miss out on him …the bottom line is we’ve got to find a trade partner.’’

The Bucs famously moved up in the 2012 draft to select running back Doug Martin but this time around it appears as though they want to move back. In that same draft, the Bucs traded their fifth overall pick to Jacksonville, who in return gave the Bucs the seventh overall selection and a fourth round pick. They selected safety Mark Barron at number seven that year.

Tampa has repeatedly been linked with the Texas A&M duo of quarterback Johnny Manziel and wide receiver Mike Evans if they do use the seventh overall pick.

However, with Licht saying they are willing to trade back if their player isn’t available at seven, it certainly gives the Bucs the freedom to explore what other options they have when it comes time make their selection, wherever that may be, while adding additional draft picks.


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