There has been plenty of speculation about the future certain key members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as this disappointing 2017 season is coming to a close. Certainly each of the coaches currently on the roster have some doubt in the back of their minds, but there is also doubt in the situation of general manager Jason Licht, whose contract was set to run out at the end of this season.

In a report from Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Licht’s contract actually had a club option at the end, which was picked up by the Buccaneers this summer, which means that Licht is still going to be under contract for the 2018 season.

Though the extension is nice for Licht and his camp, the reality is that because it was picked up this summer, that doesn’t necessarily guarantee the team won’t move on from him if they want to this offseason. But, if not, it allows the Bucs to get out of a tough spot this offseason on whether or not to re-sign him to a longterm deal if they have doubts.

For now, Licht is the general manager, and for the time being, he will be in 2018, as well.

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

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: trevor@pewterreport.com
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macabee
3 years ago

Ok,Ok, slow your roll. This is not news…….well it’s not if you knew that this option for 2018 was picked up during preseason this year. And it makes sense. During preseason, we looked like a surefire playoff team. Well it hasn’t turned out that way. So this doesn’t mean Licht will necessarily be back for 2018. It means his salary will be paid even if he is let go. Subtle difference, but still a difference. At this point nothing’s changed, most of us are just now aware of the possibilities. Go Bucs!

Amo
Amo
3 years ago

Jason has done an admirable job. A few hiccups (Aguayo, Baker) but overall he has done a decent job. He needs to concentrate on the lines. He can pick up a late round running back and a free agent cornerback (2?) and safety. We are close. Harbaugh, please.

Brobear
Reply to  Amo
3 years ago

I hesitant to call Baker a hiccup. Yes he hasn’t performed to what we paid him and there seems to be a reputation of taking plays off which hasn’t been disproven this year. But the inefficiencies of the ends to generate pressure does definitely hinder a DTs ability to get through. If they don’t have to double an end then the double the tackles. I say give him a year without Smith before making a final evaluation

Buc-in-Philly Fan
Reply to  Brobear
3 years ago

Come on Man! Baker has proved to be lay, inefficient and down right poor! This was a horrible pick up and he wont be back next year. I am all about being an optimist but we saw exactly what Baker represents in training camp with his lackluster effort and big mouth.

Devasher
Reply to  Amo
3 years ago

I wouldn’t call the Desean Jackson signing great either. The guy has had the worst year of his career when it comes to yards per catch and yards per game. The only less productive years were 2012 and 2015 and that was secondary to injury. I’d still take those years where he was averaging 15.6 and 17.6 ypc over his below average 13.4 ypc this year on 11 million guaranteed.

sunshineben
3 years ago

Light has NOT done a good job.. missed on free agents ,he wasted draft picks and set on his hands when bucs had plenty of cash to spend !

skipper
skipper
3 years ago

Licht has done a decent job drafting players, think he is above the curve with more hits then average.

htownbucfan03
3 years ago

Licht had input on drafting m. Evans, pamphil, jw 3, Ali, Smith, kwon, o.j., j. Evans, beckwith, Godwin. Vh3 and spence and Ryan Smith I believe will get better with time and patience. And he did also identify barber, brate and Humphries and jac smith. And all of these players he brung in have started at least 1 game so that is impressive. The free agents he has brought to Tampa I didn’t like except at the time sweezy and Johnson but I was wrong. So I say we keep him cuz he is strong with the draft I kno… Read more »

Devasher
Reply to  htownbucfan03
3 years ago

I remember the end of the Dominik error, and how so many pointed to the premier talent he acquired in the draft in Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David, Doug Martin and Mike Williams, players he signed in Donald Penn and Vincent Jackson, traded for in Darrele Revis and potentially ascending players in Mark Barron, William Gholston, Mike Glennon and Jonhthan Banks. The point is, no GM gets them all right or wrong, there are 53 roster spots and 22 people on the field at any one time. There are 7 draft picks and a few dozen free agents coming in each… Read more »

Clearwater Buc
Clearwater Buc
3 years ago

The Bucs HAVE to re-sign Licht to an extension. In my opinion, he’s the best GM this franchise has ever had. I think he has done an excellent job on Draft Day, he has made (more often than not) wise free-agent signings, and I have total confidence in this team moving forward with him at the helm.

My dream tandem would be Licht as GM and Gruden (or Patricia) as head coach.

Devasher
Reply to  Clearwater Buc
3 years ago

That is the weirdest spelling of Rich McKay I have ever seen, but unfortunately he’s with the Falcons.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rich_McKay

But you’re right Clearwater Buc, never making the playoffs, losing twice as many games as you win and drafting 3 pro bowlers in 4 years is definitely grounds for the best GM in franchise history.