PewterReport.com can confirm that Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht did sign a five-year deal with a 2023 club option back in January, the same time they signed head coach Bruce Arians, first reported by Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.

As a general manager in the NFL, when you get the chance to draft a quarterback No. 1 overall, you’re usually married to them — you’ll stick around as long as they do. We thought that was the case with Licht and quarterback Jameis Winston.

As time has passed, and things haven’t exactly gone according to plan, Winston’s security with the team has become not so secure. We thought that might be the same for Licht.

But it turns out Licht found a different asset to latch on to, one with even more security: Arians.

Though he did want to come back to football, getting Arians to Tampa Bay wasn’t “easy.” They had the pieces to make it happen, but things still needed to fall in place. Arians wanted Winston as his quarterback. He wanted to have the freedom to assemble his master coaching staff. And he wanted Licht as his general manager.

We thought that last part could have come with the phrase “to start,” at the end of it. But it turns out Arians may have told the Glazers that Licht has to be in Tampa as long as he is.

This five year deal runs parallel to the one Arians signed, four year base with a fifth year option.

Licht as been responsible for drafting some of Tampa Bay’s top young players, such as Mike Evans, O.J. Howard, Ali Marpet and Chris Godwin. But he’s also been held responsible for things like poor free agent signings and drafting kicker Roberto Aguayo in the second round.

Licht has had his ups and down as a first-time general manager in Tampa Bay. Some fans have been harder on him than others. But wherever you fall on the Licht spectrum, it sounds like he’ll be in Tampa Bay as long as Arians is.

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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. WTF has he done to warrant an extra 5 years? Bucs fire Rich McKay for drafting too many HOFers but this clown with no playoff appearances and making genius moves like trading up for Roberto Aguayo in the Second Round is just too essential to the Bucs plans to let go apparently. SMH.

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    • Richie McKay didn’t get “fired”. He quit to get away from Jon Gruden.

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    • Licht got Arians out of retirement and back on the sidelines. If a proven success like Arians tells the Glazers they can go kick rocks unless they sign Licht long-term, then you do it. The alternative is blowing things up and starting over again with a bunch of unknown quantities (again).

      And yes, Licht made a mistake by trading up for Aguayo. He’s also got the balls to admit when he’s made a mistake and take steps to minimize the damage. Another GM would have subjected us to more than one season of Aguayo to continue justifying the move.

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  2. No affect on cap and the Glazers can still fire him at any point…

    But this makes sense to me. Ive always been a bit of a Licht apologist. He certainly hasnt been perfect but he hasnt been garbage either (especially now that some of his “busts” might actually be good picks with an actual NFL coaching staff).

    Licht has brought in good talent but has also failed, imo, at good teambuilding strategy. The pairing with Arians makes sense. If Arians cant turn the team around, than talent and drafting was an issue. If Arians can turn the team around, than likely its due in part to the stock of talent Licht has brought in.

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    • smart post. one of the only quality ones here today!

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  3. GM’s are not falling off trees guys, just ask Houston. Though I may have a few hang ups with Licht he has gotten us some talented players here: M Evans,Winston,OJ Howard etc. Licht’s failures however have come in over spending in FA and not hiring the right coach. This year it seems Licht has turned a corner when it comes to his past failures as a GM. We didn’t go into free agency this year over spending $$ guys to come in here and under perform. Signing X2 Coach of the Year Bruce Arians along with his coaching staff was a Monster hire this offseason and it probably was the coin that Tip the Scales. BA & Licht seem to have an excellent working relationship and no matter how you feel about Licht and his record as the GM of the Buccaneers the Glazers wanted stability in the front office. Licht may not be the best GM out there but he is far from the worst GM. IMO

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    • The fact that the Glazers or Licht didn’t announce this extension verifies that they knew/know it was a stupid move before they had any evidence the team has improved. We still don’t have any evidence because the preseason doesn’t count for anything. The fact they didn’t say anything says it all. Like children who know they’ve done something really wrong who hid it from their parents as long as they can.

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  4. I’m one of those that generally think the fans are a bit hard on Licht. Yes, football is a bottom line business and he’s certainly partially responsible for the failure of the team over the last two coaches, but at the same time, I think his first two years under Lovie Smith were because Lovie had most of the roster power OR that Jason tried to hard to get the players that Smith wanted whether or not he thought they were good players. So at least from me, he gets a pass for those two years.

    Hiring Koetter was all about trying to make Winston successful (which I have heard might have been at least partially driven by the Glazers). Koetter’s offenses were decent to good, but he left the defense alone and wasn’t hard ass enough to make the coaching changes he need to make at the end of the 2017 season.

    Enter Arians. He’s a proven head coach and preaches accountability on all aspects of the game. Have to believe that will go for the GM as well. So far, IMO, the team appears to be better coached and has better coaches. If talent really isn’t the issue, we should see the results on the field. If the results are there, chances are pretty good that the GM wasn’t the problem.

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  5. The new regime has yet to play one regular-season game.
    This seems a bit premature.

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    • Not if it was a condition for Arians coming on board, as the timing on the signing clearly implies it was.

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  6. This is sure to get a ton of comments both good and bad. I’m on the fence about this, but I’ll give it this year to see. Reason being is that maybe the coaching was what has been killing this team. I’ve been saying that since Gruden as let go. We’ve already seen much better play from some of these draft picks with proper coaching and technique.

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    • I would agree. And some of last year’s players are playing much better. There is a definite visible improvement, but regardless, we are thin at so many positions and Licht pulls the trigger on the Draft and free-agent trades. He has had a few brilliant shots at it, and several complete disasters. And the jury is out on several present picks. This will be a very important year for the franchise. With the cheapest seats being 40.00 dollars, and two back to back 5 and 11 seasons, if there is not a marked improvement in the win losses, there will be a wholesale retreat by the fan base.

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  7. I am thrilled. So many players that Licht picked have previously been labelled as busts, which explains all the fan hate of Licht. However, BA and all his Coaches have now developed those players and have revealed they were just diamonds in the rough and Warhop and all the lousy prior Coaches were inept in developing Licht’s picks. It was all coaching! As our players learn all the nuances of BA’s system this Buc’s team will get better and better. So don’t worry if they get beat by the Browns next week who are great players and already know their system, but when we play them later in our season we will beat them I predict. Trust BA who will find a way as he always does his first year!

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  8. Licht has been pretty successful when it comes to the draft vs other GMs in the league. I know most won’t agree with me but, he found Kwon in the fourth round ( that was a steal) he drafted Marpet from a small school, Beckwith was a good player that he drafted late in the third round. Godwin, Whitehead, Watson, and Cappa all mid round draft picks that will contribute this year. It is pretty apparent that our previous coaching staff was not getting the most out of our players. He drafted Hargreaves, who was a press corner in college only to watch Mike Smith play him 10 yards off the ball. Spence is a 3-4 outside backer not a 4-3 DE. He drafted D.Bond who has struggled to make the team every year and now is playing 3-4 outside backer and looks more comfortable. Licht has drafted talented players that have been miss used and under coached. But Licht does have his faults and has made some bad mistakes. Drafting a kicker in the second round is just stupid. Something I don’t think BA would have let happen. I’m fine with keeping Licht if that’s what BA wants. Bruce is in charge, I have no doubt about that.

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    • I agree, but it is way too early to praise Cappa, Hargreaves, or Spence yet.

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  9. I believe Arians is huge mistake.
    that said It just my opinion and I could be wrong
    But anyone has to agree would it not be good idea let this team play a year to prove that team is going to improve or see if Buc Ass Bob is right and Arians is flop. Only common since

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    • Interesting topic BAB!!

      Who is the worst Bucs coach ever hired? And, will Bruce Arians prove you right and be added to the list??

      In my opinion, Lovie Smith has to be the worst regime.
      Year 1: OC Jeff Tedford quits right before training camp and the Bucs have to promote Arroyo to OC. Lovie hand picks Josh McCown, Michael Johnson, Anthony Collins in free agency. 2-14
      Year 2: DC Leslie Frazier unceremoniously stripped of playcalling duties midway through the season to worse results. Bucs defense was historically bad. Winston, Evans, and Koetter were the only bright spots.

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    • Common “sense” BAB.

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  10. Team 1 and 1 preseason wow let’s sign GM 5 years based on 2 preseason games unbelievable only in a alt universe

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    • If you read the article, this was done in January, not yesterday!!!

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  11. We could do worse. And we may not do better with another. The 5 year extension is consistent with the Bruce Arians contract. I don’t know if either will complete their term but I hope so for the Buc’s sake. As a result, I believe that the Glazers now believe that Licht has a brain trust to help with the draft and free agency.

    There is a reason he affectionately refers to himself as the “meathead scout”. Lol. Not to take away any of the successes he has had in those areas, there are other things he does well and besides that as people go, I kinda like the bum! Go Bucs!

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  12. This is completely insane.

    Once more demonstrates the current generation of Glazer ownership can’t hold a candle to Malcom Glazer. The current regime is lazy, clueless.

    Hard to be more disappointed, but ultimately not surprised, which is the bigger disappointment.

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    • @dman couldn’t agree more with you. I was on the fence about Licht going into this season until I realized the salary cap was underwater due to his mismanagement. I think Arians is a good, proven coach but this isn’t ten years ago. I have some doubts he’s going to see the end of his 3 year contract, then we’re back to square one.

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    • Jesus….some of you just cannot connect the dots. Lets see if this helps: Glazers & Licht wanted BA as their next coach, BA worked with Licht previously, Licht convinced BA to come out of retirement and coach the Bucs, BA got five year contract, Licht got five year contract. Do you see a correlation here…..do you think it might be possible BA may have had some demands about Licht staying on as GM during his tenure?
      Why don’t we just give this regime a chance and see if they can turn this thing around. I wonder how many Dungy and Gruden haters were out there when those guys were hired by the Glazers.

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      • Really. The point you obviously miss is the difference in ownership – Malcom Glazer vs. his progeny. Malcom was a winner, his boys, not so much. Since he passed and the the sons have been in charge the franchise has foundered. Licht is the latest example, but under any measure he is a failure. Happy he brought in BA, but if the dots originally delineated a package deal, why are we 7, 8 months down the road before it gets papered.

        If this team wins it will be in spite of Licht, not because of him.

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        • In your opinion but I believe your opinion is flawed. I’m seeing rapid improvement in guys you Licht haters having been labeling as a bust like Cappa, Rojo, Spence, Vea and Hargraves.

          I did not miss the point at all…..you did. The point is I do not believe the Glazers had a choice in the matter if they wanted to bring BA onboard as the coach. I believe BA told them if you want me it is a package deal and if that is the case, how can you put that back on the Glazers boys as you put it.

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  13. Koetter was a Coaching mistake and unlike Licht being a 1st time HC Koetter was stubborn & resistant to change. Koetter never grew into his new position as HC and instead shrunk when we needed him to show leadership time & time again: Hanging on to his friend Mike Smith too long, allowing this phony Fitzmajic thing to get out of hand, Taking back play calling duties from Monken. I give Jason Licht some credit for not coming right out and firing Koetter & Smith for what was apparent early on last season that these two were incapable of leading this franchise to any long term success. Especially last year with Licht being only on a 1 year extension with his career on the line & his franchise QB on the Bench.

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  14. Fans are too hard on Licht. They act like a GM is just a bigger scout. They still have to actually manage the team, and are basically chief operating officers.

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    • @bobbo Licht is great unless you care about results. What has he done to warrant 5 more years?

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      • Licht doesn’t coach and he didn’t hire Lovie or Koetter (Glazers hired him). This is the first time they let him hire his guy. We’ll see.

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  15. What does this mean for the QB position? Hopefully what we’ve heard about in practice doesn’t show up in the games. But if Winston still makes as many bad decisions and mistakes as good plays this season, then Licht gets to draft another QB in the first round?

    I guess BA gave them no choice. Can’t turn over the coaching staff after one year so that means we’re stuck with Licht even if we have yet another losing year.

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  16. Whatever; I don’t have any investment in this deal at all like ticket holders do, so it is what it is.

    One more comment about Licht and then I’m done raking him over the coals. As a GM what is our won-loss record? How many playoffs have we been in?

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  17. It’s absolutely amazing Jason Licht is going to get To be first GM to ever get pick two times with the first pick in the draft. 2014 and 2020

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  18. the nfl laughs at Light for not having cash to sign players while you team is at the bottom …and I laugh and as a bucs fan i am also disgusted …Maybe the owners don’t care .

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  19. And the winner of 2019-2020 GM and coach of the year award go to Jason Licht and Bruce Arians based on the turn around of a 5-11 team to wining the 2020 and 2021 Super Bowls .
    Wait a minute Buc Ass Bob they have not played a single down there only 1 1 in preseason ( does not matter Bruce has swagger and Bowels has a game face by the way lets give Bowles defense coordinator of the year award for 2020.

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  20. Hey let’s give Byron Leftwich offense of coordinator of the year for 2019 2020 and make him the next head coach in the NFL based on the 16 points scored against the Miami Dolphins last night in preseason

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  21. 1.The glaziers want to do anything they can to win at all costs anything they can do bring the Super Bowl back to Tampa

    2.The glaziers want to drive the attendance down so low that the NFL will let them out of the contract with Raymond James so they can move the team to Manchester.

    Pick 1 or 2 ?????????

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    • it’s 1

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      • Let me guess, the one person who voted this down was you, buc ass bob?

        You’re in a glass of your own

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        • Class*

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        • Hey sapattack People are starting to figure it out no team has ran off the fans more than the Tampa Bay buccaneers in the last years
          This team scored 16 points against one of the worst teams in the NFL I think you saw it as a defense of standing yesterday the real facts of both offenses were not good enough to score on each other till the fourth stringers got him in the fourth quarter yesterday

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          • For F#$% sake….it was the second preseason game of the year. A monsoon had just gone through. The first string was only in for one series….probably to avoid injuries on a sloopy field and you are going to piss and moan because the the backups only scored 16 points. How about some cheese with that whine.

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  22. Same old dipshits complaining about everything here. Ben and Bob resident negative cryers.

    I guess the crying about Licht not taking Dewin James is done Vea will be on field long before he will….it’s violent game and Vea weight had nothing to do with a collision.

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    • I just automatically down-vote anything Buc Ass Bob says. Don’t even need to read it. He’s as predictable as a Tamps Bay afternoon thunderstorm in the summer. Same old same old.

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    • so Fred .. Your ok with the bucs being the worst team in their division year after year after paying for season tkts???

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  23. I’m actually surprised at this signing but it makes sense. Arians and Licht seem to work well together from what we’ve gathered.

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  24. Fredster how in world do you figure Dewin would have broke his leg with same hit on different team. Different place

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  25. I’m only slightly ok with this signing because he brought in Arians..if for any reason it does not work out with Arians..licht should follow him out the door..Simple as that.

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  26. Did most of the posters miss the part about him signing in “January”? Somehow, irrespective of how the fan boards and BSPN talking heads feel, it is strange to get upset about a contract extension that doesn’t make any difference to the salary cap and whether or not he completes the contract or gets terminated at the will of the owners. I guess we should be concerned about how much they spend on their cars, houses, etc.

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  27. Licht’s job is to assemble as much talent on the roster as possible, right? Via the draft, free agency etc. He’s done his job, poor coaching has blurred what he has been doing here. I HATED the last two drafts (this past one especially), and you know what, it looks like I was wrong. Aside from a couples players, it looks like he added some real ballers who are better scheme fits and more properly coached.

    We gotta see this team get healthy in a hurry, but I am predicting a 10 win season. Not only a 10 win season, but I am predicting we finally turn the corer and become a perennial playoff team for the next 5 years. And a lot of that will be do to Jason Licht.

    Congrats Mr. Licht, thanks for continuing to try to get it right for us. Cheers!

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  28. To quote John McKay; “I’m in favor of it.”

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    • IDK what you guys are seeing in him that inspires so much of your faith in Licht. He’s had a few good moves. Liked the JPP trade, liked that he drafted Vea and there is probably a handful more but his failures are just so glaring. I liked the Arians signing… Would’ve liked it more if he were 10-20 years younger. It’s basically a band-aid.

      I love how you guys are all like “but the Bucs have quality coaching now” and it’s true BA is a very good HC but who hired his predecessor?

      And speaking of Dirk… You all love to sh!t on Lovie Smith but all I know is he got to a Super Bowl with Rex f-ing Grossman as his starting QB and his record with the Bucs was trending up. The Bucs were 9-7 after they fired him but had two sh!t seasons after that under Dirk. Maybe we should’ve stuck with Lovie a little longer and see if he would’ve continued trending upwards. Our Defense at least would’ve been better at the very least than it was under Mike Smith.

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      • Think about the roster when Allen was GM… A lot of old trash and no young talent. When Licht took over, he had to start from the rock bottom. His moves have been all smooth, but I think he’s learning. Did he go out and spend a ton of cash on FAs this year? Koetter was the issue with the development of this team over the last few years. Is licht the greatest of all time, of course not, but even if he’s middle of the pack, he offer some long term stability to a team that is desperate for it.

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        • ha, HAVEN”T been all smooth…

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  29. Arians got Licgt an extension. That mean Jameis isnt far behind.

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  30. This is great news!!

    Lame duck coaches or GMs are destined to fail because they lose the respect of the employees under them because those employees know the boss will be fired soon. An extension was always a better move. No cap implications, just Glazer bucks being spent. Spend away!

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  31. I see Buc-Ass-Bob, I instantly click the thumbs down. I bet he misses the days of Greg Schiano and Josh Freeman. Go fly a kite, dude.

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    • Literally the “worst” fan of any team in any sport I know. And he’s all ours

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  32. Derwin James out with a stress fracture until November. Glad the Bucs have Vita Vea!

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  33. First off, posters referring to themselves in the 3rd person? That’s some Megalomania that a Psychiatrist needs to address. Plus people should read articles before posting.

    Licht may have made some mistakes as a first time GM I haven’t felt like he’s wasted any more Draft picks, or money in FA than any other GM. What has hindered Licht up to this year has been what would have hindered anyone that would have been in his place. Lovie Smith was here when he was hired. No one thought Smith was gonna be THAT bad, and then he did what almost every other team is doing and promoted what seemed to be an up and coming OC in Koetter who had killed it with Winston but apparently was not only weighed down by old acquaintances but not ready to be a successful HC yet.

    Coaching has been what has hindered Lichts success because it seems we have more talent than we thought with proper coaching helping out now and Arians obviously told the Glaziers he will come out of retirement only if he has a GM that he’s comfortable with so he can make things work the way he wants them to.

    So whether or not Arians has crazy success here or not, it is gonna be with Licht. So this is just the way it is, for now at least. And Trolls can say Arians wasn’t the right move but to me, even if we don’t make the playoffs, the Bucs are on a different path now. The culture is changing and we are getting a fresh start. New coaching seems to be a crap shoot, just like the draft, so we just have to hope the Culture change and Coaching change is the spark we need for a better Era here in Tampa and at the moment, it’s being led my BA and Licht. Crying about it just makes you look silly.

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  34. Does anyone know how much BA got paid ? I can’t find it anywhere I looked? Just curious….

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  35. Extending Licht is..just one..of the many mistakes this franchise has made since old man Glazers death. But then again..We are the Bucs and it is..A BUCLIFE baby!

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  36. Wow. Just wow. I am now convinced the Glazer boys are dumb as rocks, when it comes to this football team. Malcolm….you don’t know how much we miss you. That dude should have been $hitcanned 2 years ago. Did any of you see Arians face last night? He is realizing he was sold snake oil to come here. He knows he has nothing here to build on. It’s a rebuild. I hope he sticks around for it, but Licht? Geezuz. He shouldn’t even have a job in the organization, never mind an extended contract, and at the helm.

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  37. The title of this article should have been Licht Signed GM To Long-Term Extension. Sign implies recent.

    I mostly am in harmony with comments from Captain Sly, OwlyKat, macabee, gcolerick, SapAttack and Spitfire.

    I fall on the bright side of the Licht spectrum. 8D :-&

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  38. To be honest I am surprised. But I think in the end the Glazers are tired of turning over rocks every 2-3 years so I think they are thinking long term strategy now.

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  39. Licht’s record should have an asterisk next to it.

    He was hired AFTER Lovie Smith(8-24). He deserves some credit for firing Lovie after 2 turmoil filled seasons of disarray and ineptitude everywhere on the coaching staff except Dirk Koetter, Lovie’s year 2 OC. Dirk Koetter was Jason’s first head coaching hire.

    Jason Licht: *(19-29) after Lovie Smith’s dismissal

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  40. Ltcht is doing a good job these days. Now we need to start moving back in the draft and pick up a slew of picks.

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    • @soxx moving back in the draft and collecting extra picks only works if you have a competent GM.

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  41. I cannot lie, I hate this move. I will bury my head in the sand now and hope that somehow Arians performs a coup, taking over actual GM duties with Licht as a simple figure head…

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  42. One could argue..Seattle Seahawks which initially were much worst than our Bucs..who entered the league during the same time..has had more success than we have. Of course we do have a superbowl. But overall and at present are they not the better team? Why are WE..perrinial..LOSERS?.over a decade?

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    • They also have a Superbowl…and two other appearances…

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  43. I Love how many of you think Malcom Glazer was a one man decision making team and that his Kids had nothing to do with anything until he past… which is obviously wrong.

    Also, Dungy could have turned out to be another Raheem Morris but as fate had it he was a real gem that actually got us on track to being a winner. Since Malcom passed, the Kids bought Man U which caused us to have to play lean for a few years but now ensure we can spend to the Cap. The real judgment on their hires by themselves should be Smith and Koetter and there’s no way to tell that Smith was going to be sooooo bad. The Koetter hire was exactly what most teams are doing and hiring the up and coming OC but he wasn’t ready which wasn’t obvious either.

    The Glaziers pulled us out of obscurity and the Kids had as much to do with that as Malcom. Without them this team would be in LA or Vegas. Have some freakin respect. This Coaching Staff will at the very least change the culture and get us started in the right direction again. We’ve cut a lot of dead weight and the coming years should be fun to watch.

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    • Malcolm actually completed the takeover of United about a year before his stroke. I’d like to think that if it had been up to the kids that they wouldn’t have gone through with it.

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  44. We had 10 years (2004 – 2013) of poor drafting before Licht took charge. Davin Joseph, Jeremy Zuttah, Aqib Talib, Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David, Doug Martin, William Gholston and Akeem Spence represent some of the few more successful picks during this period of time. Certainly not that spectacular of a group overall.

    We’ve had 10 years (2009 -2018) of poor coaching before Arians arrived. The fact that BA said he was not rebuilding but was retooling shows how he assessed the talent pool already in place.

    Out of Licht’s first draft we still have Mike Evans. From his second we have Ali Marpet, Donovan Smith and Jameis Winston. From his third we have Devante Bond, Caleb Benenoch, Ryan Smith, Noah Spence and Vernon Hargreaves. From his fourth we still have Stevie Tu’ikolovatu, Kendell Beckwith, Chris Godwin, Justin Evans and O.J. Howard. From his fifth we have Jack Cichy, Justin Watson, Jordan Whitehead, Alex Cappa, Carlton Davis, M.J. Stewart, Ronald Jones and Vita Vea. So far we have 7 more potential rookies from this year’s draft. All of these guys are competing for a spot on our 2019 team. All of our 2017 and 2018 picks are still in the mix.

    Don’t tell me that Licht has done a terrible job with his drafts in comparison with his predecessors or compared with his contemporaries across the NFL. Don’ t tell me he has not actually improved over time in overseeing our drafts.
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    • @senilesenior I want to believe. I hope Licht proves me wrong.

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    • I have responded to similar from PR before: you cannot compare the drafts of Dom (or any other GM we’ve had) to Licht, without recognizing that Licht has picked significantly higher up the draft board on average (including 1st overall)…and I hated Dom too, but Licht has been selecting in far more lucrative spots than Dom….it’s just a fact.

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  45. Correction: Subtract Jeremy McNichols the 5th round pick from the 2017 draft.

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  46. Senile, PR often does the same thing you are doing, pointing to the fact our draft picks are starters as ‘evidence’ they were good picks which overlooks the fact they’re starters on a bad team.

    Ben, Spence, Stevie, Cappa…? You make the argument against yourself. And other Many players you cited have not played up to expectations/where they were drafted. Smith for instance. Jameis unless the light bulb goes on this year.

    You’re also completely overlooking how he allocates picks across all positions (the ‘this ain’t fantasy football’ issue). C’mon man! Is it really that hard for people to see?

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  47. A GM’s job description is more than player acquisitions. The Draft and Free Agency is just the part that is most obvious.

    Granted, Jason Licht has had his share of dubious transactions, highlighted by the best PK in the history of college football going “wide wrong” to everyone’s surprise. But so does every GM in the league. Easy to look in the rear view mirror. My goodness, we here in Bucville should be all too aware of our history of poor drafts, trades and free agent signings long before “Meathead” showed up. I find it interesting that when Koetter was hitting the rear exit and Arians coming through the front door, that both praised the talent on the team. Talent acquired by Jason Licht albeit with limited success on the field. Damned kickers!

    I find it promising that Coach Arians has never retreated from his initial positive take on the talent of the roster. Rather, as Bucco Bruce has immersed himself further into his evaluation, he continues to sing it’s praises. Throughout Training Camp one player after another, who were viewed less than favorably by the previous regime and many fans, have already begun emerging from the bowels of bustdom. As Gomer would say, “Surprise, Surprise!”

    I suspect the Glazer family was willing to do whatever it took to bring in Bruce Arians and a proven and credible coaching staff. I also suspect they understand the benefit of continuity in any organization. Different isn’t always better. It appears B.A. wanted to be sure to have a GM with whom he trusted before he was willing to resurrect himself.

    I strongly believe that the biggest problem on this team for the past several years has been the attitude and lack of any sort of ‘tude. As Yogi would say, “50% of it is half mental”. Miss a kick and the team would tank. Rare was the time the team or we fans was able to bounce back from adversity.

    I found it refreshing against the Steelers that only a missed 2 point conversion prevented the tie. Then with only 34 seconds left against the Dolphins, this team….our team, found a way to pull out a victory. Tell me, would that have been the case these last few seasons?

    Perhaps there is a “New Day in Tampa Bay”. One can only hope.

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  48. Just shows the press wasn’t in tune at all with what the Glazer’s were thinking, granted for the most part they don’t speak with the press so they were guessing like the rest of us.

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  49. It doesn’t mean anything he doesn’t count against the cap. They can fire him when BA retires for his health excuses….

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  50. Buc As Bob would like to say congrats to Jason Licht
    Jason Licht first five year as general manager was a universal success, and now he has the team to prove it.
    Licht was awarded General manager of the Year award by the Glazer Family , the latest of several General manager of the year awards over the last 5 years Light was appreciative for the award and excepted a raise and 5 year extension and was quick to praise his his drafts for his success , “I want to thank the Jameis for the 4 pro bowls and mvp performances , also honor mention is Vita Vea and Rojo for there outstanding performances in 2018 being selected rookies of the year and first team pro bowl which helped me as the as GM of the Year for 2018, also would like too thank Roberto Aguayo especially considering the the clutch field goals that allowed us to win so many games other deserving coaches such as Dirk Koetter who had outstanding seasons.

    This recognition is not about me, it is about our coaching staff, our players, the entire organization and the great Tampa Bay Bucs organization.
    We won this together as a family.”
    Jason would also like a shot out to the Glazer family for there support and allowing him to dominate the league this last 5 years.
    Licht finished ahead of Patriots Bill Belichick, Rams Les Snead in the voting by a 2 to one margin.
    Licht has taken to Bucs to top of the league in performance and civic contributions like his nice donation to the fine family of drivers at Uber !

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  51. My point is not that they are all starters are all really great first class talents. My first point is that they are still in the pool of talent on the current roster.

    Only one guy, Mike Evans, remain here from Licht’s first draft. Three remain from his second draft. Five of six guys remain from the 2017 draft, including a 7th rounder by the way. Eight of eight remain from the 2018 draft. This says to me that his drafts have been improving. That was my second point. Only after a couple more years will see who remains and how they have each performed.

    Licht has his share of outright busts. The two most obvious are Austen Seferian-Jenkins and Roberto Aguayo. Others such as Kevin Pamphile and Kwon Alexander are still playing in the league but elsewhere. His track record compares favorably with the majority of his contemporaries. He has outperformed his predecessors as far as I can tell.

    I will let other draft students and experts sift through how many of our picks remained on our roster from all of the picks for the previous 10 years. How many of them were busts and how many ended up on other teams can also be determined by those who want to dig that deep. I generalize from what I have seen over the years.

    I don’t believe BA was “blowing smoke” in his public statements regarding our talent level. It remains to be seen how well BA and staff do with this team this year and next. I don’t see a series of superb drafts during Arians’ time at Arizona either. I think it was superior coaching that made the difference. A turnaround using the core players that were here is what he has pledged to deliver.

    If we don’t have a real turnaround and start winning again in the next two years and if BA, Licht and our teams crash and burn then I will be shown to have been seriously mistaken. If we see a full scale regime change, our personnel are gutted (including Jameis Winston) and a new regime is brought in to start from scratch with a complete rebuild I will publicly admit that I was totally wrong here at PR.

    Until then I stand by my remarks. I say Licht and staff have performed much better than just adequately. I will restate the obvious. I think the main problem has been coaching during Licht’s time here. I believe he has grown into the job and deserves to continue on.
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    P.S. I am not even addressing anything but Licht’s drafts here. An NFL GM has many responsibilities as scubog has said.

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    • That’s not evidence of drafts improving – that’s every GM for every team’s track record. They all tend to give the guys drafted more recently more time on the roster…it’s just how the NFL works.

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  52. Sad sad, sad day in Bucs history…

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  53. If Licht was doing better in recent drafts, BA would not have felt it necessary to essentially re-do BL’s 2018 DB picks, specifically BA spending a 2nd and two 3rd round picks on Bunting Dean and Edwards after BL used 2nd, 3rd and 4th round picks on Steward Davis and Whitehead the prior year.

    Do you think we’d be a better team if three of those six were lineman? Did anyone actually watch the Fish game, and the play of our Swiss cheese OL? That is what I mean by the compounding effect of wasted picks and poor allocation of draft capital decisions. Hopefully as others have said BL just does the paperwork while BA does the picking.

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    • I viewed it more of a continuation than a “redo”. When the team was literally bringing DB’s off the street and lining them up on Sunday, it was a problem. I don’t disagree on the O-line being the next Draft target.

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    • The problem with Licht’s “flood a position” approach to the draft/FA, is that we have a lot of evidence that suggests it is doomed to fail over the longer run. Not that it doesn’t help a team find one (or maybe even two) gems by taking so many chances on one position group, but in the NFL you simply don’t have the luxury of doing this nowadays with the way FA works, and the short durations of playing careers (for many reasons)…i.e., by the time you have fixed one hole, two more pop-up.

      To be successful, a GM needs to be adding several new productive players (i.e., players on the field at the same time – not backing each other up) every single offseason. A GM needs to select one DB that is a success, AND one OL that is a success, AND one LB that is a success….not three DBs and hope one of them makes it. That’s been the recipe for success.

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  54. I thought that Licht had to hire Lovie Smith and then Dirk Koetter – that the Glazer brothers insisted he use those coaches. Isn’t this the first time he got to bring in “his guy” from Arizona, convincing him to come out of retirement to coach this team? Now except for three players everyone is a Licht hire. If they fail now, it is the players on staff he has drafted and pulled off the street (like Cameron Brate who was not drafted by anyone). However if they do better than 5-11 (like 8-8) and start trending upward then it was the coaching all along. Besides, the only thing at risk here is the money they spend on Licht annually. There is no payment if he is fired and no penalty. As far as I am concerned, Licht is still year to year and if the team fails to perform (e.g. goes worse than 5-11) he will get fired along with Arians. Hopefully that does not happen but I don’t see any downside to this action, and if it makes Arians happy, so be it.

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  55. this extension makes me want to vomit.

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