Buccaneers find new GM in Arizona's Jason Licht

1/21/14 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cleaned house at the end of the regular season, they were left with several holes throughout their organization. The team quickly made some high-profile hires, such as Lovie Smith at head coach and Leslie Frazier at defensive coordinator, but they were still missing a general manager. On Tuesday, the Buccaneers ended their search, hiring Jason Licht - the Arizona Cardinals' vice president of player personnel - as their new general manager.

Blog Photo - Buccaneers find new GM in Arizona's Jason LichtLicht beat out other candidates such as Lionel Vital (ATL), Marc Ross (NYG), and Lake Dawson (TEN). The 42-year-old Licht has a scouting background (as opposed to financial), which is reportedly something Lovie Smith covets in a general manager.

Smith will have final say over roster decisions, but Licht is expected to control the draft and will still make plenty of decisions regarding personnel. His first task will likely be to decide whether or not Mike Glennon is the team's long-term answer at quarterback. The Buccaneers have the seventh overall pick in this year's draft, so they may have an opportunity to draft one of the top prospects at the position. If Licht and Smith deem Glennon - who posted a rock solid 83.9 passer rating as a rookie - as their quarterback of the future, they will go in a different direction with their first-round pick.

Licht will have plenty of other nice pieces in place as he attempts to rebuild the Buccaneers into a Super Bowl contender. Doug Martin is a great young runner, Vincent Jackson is a perennial thousand-yard receiver, and there are several studs on defense, such as Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David, and Darrelle Revis. The offensive line could use some revamping, however, particularly with guard Carl Nicks' playing future in question.

Licht is a fine hire for the Buccaneers, and Tampa Bay is a good landing spot for Licht. The team has some solid pieces to build around, and if Licht does his job well, the Buccaneers shouldn't be all that far from fielding a capable team.
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