After the release of cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, the Buccaneers put out an official statement, which included a quote from general manager Jason Licht.

“After thoughtful consideration over the past few weeks, Coach Arians and I came to the conclusion that we needed to make this change,” said Licht. “Decisions such as this are always difficult, but we felt it was in the best interest of our team to part ways with Vernon at this time and allow him to explore other opportunities. We are disappointed that it did not work out here for Vernon and we wish him continued success moving forward.”

Licht was the general manager who drafted Hargreaves in the first round No. 11 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft.

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Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]

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  1. Cut your losses and move on. I was sick of him always being toast!

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  2. Jason’s ass should be on the chopping block next.

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  3. Watch dude sign with the Rams, Steelers or Pats and ball out. This is something the Bucs needed to do. Might also be the best thing that ever happened for Vernon’s career. Maybe this wakes him the f*ck up

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    • Agree.

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    • There is no way VH3 was going to ball out in Tampa and was a risk to count against the 2020 cap for $9 mil if injured so the kid had to go. He was never big enough, fast enough, physical enough, or even lucky enough. Good luck in LA, Pittsburgh, or New England if that’s where he ends up, but consider me a skeptic as to his “balling out”

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    • Nah, I retired.

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  4. How about, “I’m sorry I keep blowing valuable resources of this team and I hereby resign so the organization can move on and find a more suitable competent GM.”

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  5. GrayBalls, if he does, it will be at league minimum.

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  6. losing faith in Licht! considering the team could have had a competent starting young veteran like Marcus Peters for a 5th round pick this move was way too little way too late as usual with Licht… team probably could have 2 or 3 more wins with a DB like Peters on the roster… especially in Seattle

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    • He’s paired with BA now. They’ll keep picking good players that fit. Before he had to choose Lovie’s players in the draft and FA. Koetter’s coaches would explain the types of players they wanted and and then not play them in the style they were drafted for. Things are looking up now, but we need to finish the season strong.

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      • I agree.

        Licht could hardly go out and draft a lot of players that his head coaches did not want.

        Perhaps, he should have. Maybe, we would have a better OL for a QB like Winston to operate behind.

        Going forward I do expect the personnel decisions to continue to be joint decisions between Licht and Arians. Better decisions for the franchise have to be part of the overall culture change that BA has already contributed.
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  7. Yet another Licht bust – wish I was surprised.

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  8. He needed to go, but I’m giving Licht a pass on using a number one pick on VH. It made sense at the time. We needed a CB and we picked the best one available. The experts liked the pick too.
    Before you say we should have picked someone else, take a good hard look at the 2016 first round. What a train wreck. Most of the players after the top picks didn’t pan out. The second and third choice for the Bucs would have been flops too.
    Seriously who should we have picked instead of Hargreaves. Either that player wouldn’t have worked out or the Bucs would have been criticizing at the time for taking a lower tier player too early.
    Every draft is a crap shoot, y’all.

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    • The first CB taken was Eli Apple – he was rated higher by at least the Giants, and perhaps many others. He now has a pff above 70, and is playing very well for the Saints. And Licht could have taken him but decided instead to trade down because he figured VHIII would still be there…and he was.

      So there’s that….

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      • For his career, VH has 147 solo tackles, one TD and two INTS. Apple has 174 tackles, three INTs and zero TDs.
        Not much of an upgrade.
        NFL.com in August revisited the draft. They gave Apple a D minus. Hargreaves a D plus.

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        • In 2016 Sports Illustrated gave Bucs an A minus for Hargreaves and Giants a B for Apple.

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        • Apple was terrible with the Giants…who wasn’t….who cares…he’s now GOOD. If you’re trying to use their career stats to say they are basically the same guy, you are completely ignoring what’s happening to both of them this year. Hargreaves pff is 47!!!!!!! Apple’s is 71!!!!!!! I’ll take the opinion of the pff guys who go over every single snap for both of those guys in every single game.

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          • Maybe Hargraves will be good if he goes to a team like the Saints.

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      • The Bucs receivers have burnt Eli Apple on several occasions.

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    • I wanted Tunsil. He was there even after Tampa traded down.

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      • Tunsil = the bong mask at the time. Couldn’t risk it.

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  9. Pete, agreed. Position of need with high grade from the “experts”. Dude just had no Dog in him, he was weak and soft. Thank God for accountability! I bet our team plays with more fire now, seeing a First rounder cut mid season tends to make people fight for their jobs a bit more.

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  10. Too short; too slow; not enough want-to. Sends a message to the rest of the team. Expect more under-performers to be discarded. No, he won’t be in the playoffs. More cap room. Guy was a head case.

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  11. I believe Dean and Bunting now have only one fewer career interceptions than Hargreaves.

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  12. Why is Licht still bucs gm?? Why??

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  13. I believe Sheldon Rankins was available in the 2016 draft and he sure as hell has more dog in him than the always affable McCoy.
    He is now playing well for the Saints.
    Just like Dummynick picking our one armed DE over Cam Jordan. The incompetence never stops around here

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    • I liked Rankins that year and thought the Bucs would draft him, especially since he was SR’s best bet. It seems the Bucs liked him too, but instead took the local kid since there was a higher need at CB.

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  14. The entire 16 draft was a bust, and Jason Licht still has a great paying job??

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    • Give credit where credit is due. They really wanted him to succeed coming into the year that’s why they picked up his 5th year option in the 1st place. A part of me thinks that the loser mentality that Brent Grimes had may have affected Hargreaves. Grimes was brought in to mentor VHlll sort of like V Jackson was kept in to mentor Evans but the opposite effect. Overall kudos to Licht for realizing that it was time to move on even though we have such a desperate need at corner.

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      • Amen to that!

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  15. This is a head scratcher – our young guys are better than Hargreaves but why pick up the 5th year option to cut him mid season? Couldn’t trade him at the deadline, or just hoping for a conditional draft pick?? Another wasted pick added to licht’s scrap pile. I never wanted us to spend a premium pick on a CB that can’t run with Julio jones

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    • They picked up the VHIII’s 5th year option because cutting him cost nothing and they knew, as did I, that he has the talent to be a rock solid CB. Unfortunately, he didn’t have the desire or discipline.

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  16. “Wish him CONTINUED success”. What fucking success??? Kid was a total bum.

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  17. But, um guys, didn’t you realize that Scott already explained that the 2016 Draft was very successful. How is this possible? Hargreaves, Spence, Aguayo, R Smith, Caleb Benenoch are clearly the foundation of the team right?

    FAB 1. LICHT IS MASTERING THE DRAFT
    In just three years at the helm in Tampa Bay’s war room, Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht has learned to master the draft.

    https://www.pewterreport.com/srs-fab-5-licht-is-mastering-the-draft-inside-bucs-pick-of-aguayo/

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  18. This needed to happen, but I am sick of the fans jumping all over Licht any chance you get. It was the right decision at the time, and being an FSU fan, I knew how dominant this guy was in man coverage and was ecstatic. Hindsight is always 2020. This puts accountability in the locker room. Good call by the GM and BA

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    • I’m with you on this. Too many haters and Monday morning QBs in these posts.

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    • There was no hindsight required on the Aguayo pick in 2016: “The Buccaneers have won 23 games in the past five years. They have been putrid. It seems a kicker is the least of their needs, to be kind. One general manager told me the selection was “the dumbest pick in the history of the draft.”

      That seems to be the consensus in the league. There are, however, outliers.” – That was from Mike Freeman posted on Bleacher Report 1 May 2016. No “Monday Morning QBing” needed guys. Now tell me how many times other NFL GM’s call one of their own out for making a historically bad draft pick as it happens. I’ll wait to see what you find.

      https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2636931-mike-freemans-10-point-stance-the-super-duper-drafty-edition

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  19. Good move on VH3 which brings me to a persistent question regarding short DB’s. With the new PI rules wouldn’t it be more advantageous to have good speed but the height to cover the bigger receivers. For years we have bitched about the NFC South DB’s having a hard time in coverage. Dean has good size. though he is a rookie I think he has potential. Top 9 CB’s in 2020 Draft 6′ or over.

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  20. F#$& you for drafting him in the 1st place Licht.

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  21. Carlton Davis, Jamel Dean,  Sean Murphy-Bunting, Jordan Whitehead and Mike Edwards are now our main DBs.   We’ve got to have the youngest, most inexperienced, back end for any defense in the league.

    Undoubtedly todd Bowles has had to dial back on the kind of defense he really wants to field this year. He has a quite sophisticated scheme in mind from what I have been able to discern.  The remainder of the season will be devoted to accelerating the development of all of these guys as much as is humanly possible.

    Since the weakness in our back end is a major contributor to our many losses it does not bode well for the remainder of this season.  It is going to take a stellar coaching effort to manufacture more wins than losses from here on out.

    That is the reality I see, anyway.
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  22. Sure glad we won Sunday or it would be brutal in here.

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  23. Everybody involved in the 2016 draft is no longer with the Buccaneers! Oh wait, I forgot one who hasn’t gone yet. I wonder why?

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    • He has a role on teams. Thats about it.

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  24. Welcome to the new Millennial NFL. Don’t work me too hard, don’t stress me out, don’t ask me to cover the #1 receiver, don’t hit me too hard, don’t ask me to run fast, don’t ask me block, don’t ask me to make a tackle down field, don’t ask me to tackle someone else’s missed tackle, don’t ask me to take a pay cut (even though I might suck) don’t ask me to be a team player, don’t ask me to be a leader (it takes time away from my video games) don’t ask me to pass a drug test, don’t ask me to be on time, don’t criticize me for being late, just give me my check and I’ll be on my way.

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    • OK Boomer

      For the record @bucnjim Rod “Toast” Jones was a member of the Baby Boomer generation not Milennials and Charles McRae was a member of Gen X, so not sure what you are talking about old dude that yells at clouds.

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