TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have hired Arizona Cardinals front-office executive Jason Licht to help coach Lovie Smith transform a team that hasn't won a playoff game in more than a decade into a championship contender.
The struggling franchise confirmed the move Tuesday and plans to formally introduce him as the fifth GM in club history at a press conference Thursday.
Licht was a walk-on at Nebraska before starring as a defensive lineman at Nebraska Wesleyan. He's been with the Cardinals for the past two seasons, the last one as vice president of player personnel.
“Jason is a seasoned NFL personnel veteran who has worked with some of the most accomplished individuals in professional football while contributing to success in New England, Philadelphia and Arizona,” Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer said.
Licht was Arizona General Manager Steve Keim's right-hand man in the overhaul of the Cardinals' roster last offseason, which resulted in a 10-6 record in 2013 — an improvement of five wins over the previous year.
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