Bucs general manager Jason Licht did not receive a contract extension after the team went 9-7 last season. Instead, the Glazer family which owns the Bucs decided to pick up a one-year club option on Licht’s contract for 2018. That happened sometime this past off-season. But while head coach Dirk Koetter and his staff are definitely in jeopardy of losing their jobs after a 4-9 record this season, Licht’s future with the Bucs isn’t as clear. A lot would depend on whether the Glazers turn to Licht to help them hire another head coach after he led the search that resulted in Koetter replacing Lovie Smith. If the Glazers hire a high-profile head coach and that person likes the job Licht has done or has a previous working relationship with him, there’s a good chance Licht and the front office would remain in place. Licht certainly helped his chances of survival with a very solid draft class in 2017. He was fortunate to have Alabama tight end O.J, Howard fall to the Bucs in the first round. But then he made solid picks with safety Justin Evans, receiver Chris Godwin and linebacker Kendell Beckwith. All four have played key roles and been very productive as rookies and their future is bright. The Bucs also were able to sign receiver DeSean Jackson to a three-year, $33.5-million contact. Jackson hasn’t been very productive this season with 48 catches for 657 yards and three touchdowns. But that has as much to do with the poor deep ball accuracy of quarterback Jameis Winston as it does with Jackson. Defensive tackle Chris Baker, who essentially was guaranteed one-year at $6-million, hasn’t been very productive with 28 tackles and a half sack.
Bucs picked up club option on Jason Licht’s contract for 2018 earlier this year, but GM’s future still not clear
Tampa Tribune | Dec 18