The front office shakeup that began with the firing of Mark Dominik following the 2013 season continued on Wednesday with the report that Eric Stokes has left to join the Dolphins and the Buccaneers have added Jon Robinson from the New England Patriots.
The changes in the Bucs front office didn’t end when former general manager Mark Dominik was fired earlier this year, and assistant general manager Dennis Hickey left to become the general manager of the Miami Dolphins back in January.
On Wednesday, director of college scouting Eric Stokes left the Buccaneers to become an assistant to Hickey in Miami and Bucs general manager Jason Licht reportedly has hired Jon Robinson from the New England Patriots to fill Stokes role in Tampa Bay.
Mike Reiss of ESPN reported the front office changes earlier on Wednesday.
According to Reiss, Robinson has been with the Patriots since 2002, serving the past five years as director of college scouting. Prior to that, he served as a regional and area scout.
Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio recently talked about Robinson to masslive.com.
"Jon Robinson and his staff, just the amount of time and effort they've put in," Caserio said. "It's an exhausting process that really goes back to this time a year ago in preparation for this draft. There are a lot of people that are involved and Jon and his staff do an outstanding job on a number of different levels. ... There are a lot of people organizationally that are involved by Jon certainly has a big hand in what we do."
Licht worked in the Patriots organization with Robinson when he was New England’s director of pro player personnel from 2009 until 2011, and also as a scout with the Patriots prior.
Stokes was hired in 2012 from the Seattle Seahawks as Tampa Bay’s director of college scouting Stokes came to Tampa Bay after 14 seasons of playing and scouting experience in the NFL. Stokes worked as the Seahawks' assistant director of college scouting (2010-11), during which time he was instrumental in bringing in the likes of defensive standouts S Earl Thomas (first-round, 2010), S Kam Chancellor (fifth-round, 2010), LB K.J. Wright (fourth-round, 2011) and CB Richard Sherman (fifth-round, 2011).
Last month long time scouts Seth Turner and Justin Sheridan, who had a combined 22 years with the Buccaneers, were let go after the organization decided to not renew their contracts.
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