Since the turn of the century, Jason Licht has had a hand in building four Super Bowl teams in three cities, including the Super Bowl XXXVI champion Patriots in New England in 2001. Now, the Buccaneers are hoping he can do the same for them here in Tampa. A nearly three-week search for the fifth general manager in franchise history ended Tuesday when the Bucs named the former Arizona Cardinals director of player personnel to that post. “Jason is a seasoned NFL personnel veteran who has worked with some of the most accomplished individuals in professional football while contributing to success in New England, Philadelphia and Arizona,'' Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer said in a statement. “His strong player personnel background provides the ideal complement to Lovie Smith's philosophy as our head coach. We look forward to working with Jason and Lovie as we set the foundation and chart the course for the future of Buccaneers football.'' Licht (pronounced Light) replaces Mark Dominik, who was fired after a five-year run in the job following the 2013 season. He signed a contract similar in length to the five-year deal the Bucs gave coach Lovie Smith. Licht is expected to have a slightly different role than general managers traditionally have, as the Bucs have given final say over the makeup of their 53-man roster to Smith. He is expected to have control over the draft, and he will oversee most other personnel matters, including free agency and trades, as well as contract negotiations. Licht, who was interviewed three times by the Bucs before finally being hired for the post while scouting at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., brings nearly two decades of scouting and player personnel experience to the Bucs. In an 18-year NFL career that includes one season as an assistant coach, Licht's teams have amassed a 164-124 (.569) record that includes nine playoff appearances, eight division championships, four conference championships and one Super Bowl title.
Bucs hire Cardinals' Licht as general manager
Tampa Tribune | Jan 22