Buccanners hire Arizona's Jason Licht as new general manager

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Licht served as the Arizona Cardinals vice president of player personnel in 2013. (Credit: arizonacardinals.com)

 

(CBS Sports) After searching for over three weeks, Tampa Bay has finally found its new general manager. The Buccaneers are set to hire Jason Licht, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora has confirmed. 

Licht comes from Arizona, where he served as the Cardinals vice president of player personnel in 2013.

Licht has already informed the Cardinals that he's leaving to take the Buccaneers job, according to La Canfora. Licht and Marc Ross, the Giants vice president of player evaluation, were the finalists for the job. Licht was also in the mix for the Dolphins general manager opening.

La Canfora reports that new Bucs coach Lovie Smith will have final say over football matters, and that Smith was very involved in the hiring of Tampa Bay's general manager.

It makes sense that Smith was involved in the hiring because Smith and Licht will be tied together through their contracts. The Buccaneers are giving Licht a four-year deal with a team option for a fifth-year, according to ESPN. That's similar to the contract that Tampa Bay gave Smith when he was hired earlier this month.

Licht replaces Mark Dominik, who was fired by the Buccaneers on Dec. 30 after five years on the job. Dominik and second-year coach Greg Schiano were both fired after Tampa Bay finished 4-12 in 2013.

The 42-year-old Licht has served in various front office capacities in the NFL since joining the league as a scouting assistant for the Dolphins in 1995. Licht has also been a part of several successful front offices.

Licht was Philadelphia's assistant director of player personnel in 2004 when the Eagles made it to the Super Bowl. Licht was also apart of Arizona's front office in 2008 when the Cardinals went to the Super Bowl and apart of New England's front office in 2011 when the Patriots loss to the Giants in the Super Bowl.

 

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