TAMPA,FL– After three weeks of searching, the Buccaneers have found their next general manager in Jason Licht, as first reported by Jay Glazer Tuesday afternoon:
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
At age 42, Licht comes in following last season as the Arizona Cardinals Vice President of Player Personnel, and Director of Pro Personnel in 2012.
In his near 20 year career, Licht has been part of many successful NFL staffs. Starting with the 2001 Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots as their National Scout. He eventually would return to the Patriots from 2009-2011 as the team’s Director of Pro Personnel. The Patriots were AFC Champions in 2011.
Licht became a member of the Philadelphia Eagles staff in 2003 as Assistant Director of Player Personnel. He was then promoted to Vice President of Player Personnel from 2006-2007. The Eagles won the NFC Championship in 2004.
He would move on to join the Arizona Cardinals as their Personnel Executive in 2008. The team made it to Super Bowl XXXIII in Tampa, losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
This will be Licht’s first GM position in the NFL. Reports say he will receive a four-year contract, with a team option for a fifth, the same term limit as Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith.