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Jason Licht
General Manager

Jason Licht was named the fifth general manager in franchise history on January 21, 2014. Licht (pronounced LIGHT) owns two decades of scouting and player personnel experience with five organizations. In 21 NFL seasons, including one as a coach, the clubs that Licht has worked for have amassed a 181-155 (.539) record, nine playoff appearances, eight division championships, four conference championships and one Super Bowl title.

The 2016 season was the second consecutive year under Licht that the team’s record has improved, with the Buccaneers finishing the season at 9-7, the franchise’s first winning season since 2010. Leading the team was quarterback Jameis Winston, selected first overall in 2015, who set franchise records for passing yards (4,090) and passing touchdowns (28). Winston became the youngest player in NFL history to throw 50 career touchdowns, the fifth-most by a player in their first two seasons. He also has the second-most passing yards by a player in their first two seasons (8,132).

Winston was not the only reason for Tampa Bay’s success in 2016. Wide receiver Mike Evans – Licht’s first draft pick as the Buccaneers’ general manager – had his best season, earning his first career Pro Bowl selection after finishing the year with 96 catches for 1,321 yards and 12 touchdowns. His 12 touchdown catches tied his own franchise record (set in 2014) and were tied for the second-most in the NFL in 2016. His 96 catches were the second-most in Buccaneers history and the sixth-most in the league last season, while his 1,321 yards are the third-most ever by a Buccaneers player and ranked fourth in the NFL.

The second-most popular target for Winston in 2016 was tight end Cameron Brate, who originally joined the team as a college free agent out of Harvard in 2014. After only playing in five games as a rookie, Brate has earned more playing time over the past two seasons and in 2016 started 10-of-15 games, catching 57 passes for 660 yards and eight touchdowns. His eight touchdown receptions tied for the most in the NFL by a tight end and matched a franchise record for touchdown receptions by a tight end.

Tampa Bay’s 2016 free agent class had several notable additions, including punter Bryan Anger and cornerback Brent Grimes, both of whom were named Pro Bowl alternates. Anger set franchise records for both punts inside the 20 (37) and net punting average (42.7), while ranking in the top five in the NFL in both categories. Grimes tied for the team lead in interceptions with four, while leading the NFL in passes defensed with 24. Also part of the free agent class was defensive end Robert Ayers Jr., who led the team in quarterback hits with 19, while ranking second in sacks with 6.5.

Another key part of Tampa Bay’s defense was linebacker Kwon Alexander, a 2015 draft pick by Licht. The former LSU Tiger led the team with 145 tackles (tied for the third-most in the NFL), including 108 solo tackles, the most in the NFL. Over the past two seasons, Alexander has started at middle linebacker in all 30 games he has played in, recording 238 tackles (most of any player from the 2015 NFL Draft), 18 tackles for loss (tied for the most of any player from the 2015 NFL Draft), 16 passes defensed, 6.0 sacks, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He is one of three players to have at least 220 tackles, 6.0 sacks and three interceptions during the last two seasons (also Lavonte David & Lawrence Timmons).

In 2015, Licht oversaw one of the most important selections in Buccaneers franchise history, as the team held the No. 1 overall pick for the first time since 1987. With that top overall pick, Licht selected Winston, who went on to establish team rookie records in nearly every passing category, including pass attempts (535), pass completions (312), passing yards (4,042), passing touchdowns (22) and passer rating (84.2). Winston was voted Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year and earned a trip to the 2016 Pro Bowl, to go along with a selection to the PFWA All-Rookie Team.

But Winston was just the beginning of what shaped up to be one of the best drafts in Buccaneers history, as the team spent second-round selections on tackle Donovan Smith (34th overall) and guard Ali Marpet (61st overall), as well as a fourth-round pick on Alexander (124th overall). All three players were starters from Game 1 and each of them earned a spot on the PFWA All-Rookie Team, alongside Winston.

Marpet (13 starts) and Smith (16 starts) were key members of the Buccaneers offensive line that blocked for the NFL’s second-leading rusher (Doug Martin – 1,402 yards) and tied for the fourth-fewest sacks allowed in the league, after ranking 29th in rushing and 29th in sacks allowed in the previous season.

Licht joined the Buccaneers in 2014, on the heels of two seasons with Arizona as the vice president of player personnel, working under general manager Steve Keim, who earned NFL Executive of the Year honors from both Pro Football Talk and Sporting News. Licht’s first draft pick with Tampa Bay, wide receiver Mike Evans, was selected seventh overall in the 2014 NFL Draft and went on to have a stellar rookie season, finishing with 68 receptions for 1,051 yards and 12 touchdowns and being named to the PFWA, NFL.com, ESPN.com and SI.com All-Rookie Teams.

Licht first worked for the Cardinals in 2008 as a personnel executive, before leaving to spend three seasons as director of pro personnel with New England. He returned to Arizona in 2012 as director of player personnel before being promoted to the vice president position.

In addition, Licht’s career has intersected with some of the NFL’s greatest head coaches, including Don Shula, Jimmy Johnson, Bill Belichick and Andy Reid. In all, Licht has worked alongside seven head coaches who have led a team to a Super Bowl (Shula, Johnson, Belichick, Reid, Pete Carroll, Lovie Smith, Ken Whisenhunt) and seven who have won AP Coach of the Year honors in their careers (Shula, Johnson, Belichick, Reid, Smith, Dom Capers and Bruce Arians).

While with Arizona, Licht worked directly with the head coach and general manager on player acquisition and contract negotiations, as well as leading the club’s scouting efforts as he oversaw both the college and pro scouting departments. The 2013 season saw the Cardinals improve to 10-6 from a 5-11 campaign the previous year.

In 2008 Arizona won the NFC West and advanced to the Super Bowl. Licht then spent three seasons (2009-11) as director of pro personnel with the New England Patriots, where he was responsible for monitoring every NFL roster with an emphasis on scouting talent of upcoming pro free agents, while also maintaining depth on New England’s roster. The Patriots were AFC East champions in each of those three seasons and advanced to the Super Bowl following the 2011 campaign.

Licht spent five years with the Philadelphia Eagles (2003-07), first serving as the club’s assistant director of player personnel before being promoted to vice president of player personnel for his final two seasons. The team won three NFC East titles during that span and earned a berth in Super Bowl XXXIX.

Prior to joining Philadelphia, Licht enjoyed his first stint in New England, serving as a scout and assistant director of player personnel from 1999-2002, a stretch that included a victory in Super Bowl XXXVI. He was part of a front office that drafted core pieces of the team that won three Super Bowls in four seasons, such as Damien Woody, Kevin Faulk, Tom Brady, Richard Seymour, Matt Light, and Deion Branch.

Licht began his NFL career with the Miami Dolphins in 1995, where he worked as a scouting department assistant before spending the 1996 season as an offensive assistant/quality control coach. In 1997, he worked for National Football Scouting, a college football scouting service, before joining the Carolina Panthers’ scouting staff in 1998.

Licht played linebacker and guard at the University of Nebraska from 1989-91 before transferring to Nebraska-Wesleyan, where he was an all-conference defensive tackle. He and his wife, Blair, have three children: Charlie, Zoe and Theo.

Jason Licht was named the fifth general manager in franchise history on January 21, 2014. Licht (pronounced LIGHT) owns two decades of scouting and player personnel experience with five organizations. In 21 NFL seasons, including one as a coach, the clubs that Licht has worked for have amassed a 181-155 (.539) record, nine playoff appearances, eight division championships, four conference championships and one Super Bowl title.

The 2016 season was the second consecutive year under Licht that the team’s record has improved, with the Buccaneers finishing the season at 9-7, the franchise’s first winning season since 2010. Leading the team was quarterback Jameis Winston, selected first overall in 2015, who set franchise records for passing yards (4,090) and passing touchdowns (28). Winston became the youngest player in NFL history to throw 50 career touchdowns, the fifth-most by a player in their first two seasons. He also has the second-most passing yards by a player in their first two seasons (8,132).

Winston was not the only reason for Tampa Bay’s success in 2016. Wide receiver Mike Evans – Licht’s first draft pick as the Buccaneers’ general manager – had his best season, earning his first career Pro Bowl selection after finishing the year with 96 catches for 1,321 yards and 12 touchdowns. His 12 touchdown catches tied his own franchise record (set in 2014) and were tied for the second-most in the NFL in 2016. His 96 catches were the second-most in Buccaneers history and the sixth-most in the league last season, while his 1,321 yards are the third-most ever by a Buccaneers player and ranked fourth in the NFL.

The second-most popular target for Winston in 2016 was tight end Cameron Brate, who originally joined the team as a college free agent out of Harvard in 2014. After only playing in five games as a rookie, Brate has earned more playing time over the past two seasons and in 2016 started 10-of-15 games, catching 57 passes for 660 yards and eight touchdowns. His eight touchdown receptions tied for the most in the NFL by a tight end and matched a franchise record for touchdown receptions by a tight end.

Tampa Bay’s 2016 free agent class had several notable additions, including punter Bryan Anger and cornerback Brent Grimes, both of whom were named Pro Bowl alternates. Anger set franchise records for both punts inside the 20 (37) and net punting average (42.7), while ranking in the top five in the NFL in both categories. Grimes tied for the team lead in interceptions with four, while leading the NFL in passes defensed with 24. Also part of the free agent class was defensive end Robert Ayers Jr., who led the team in quarterback hits with 19, while ranking second in sacks with 6.5.

Another key part of Tampa Bay’s defense was linebacker Kwon Alexander, a 2015 draft pick by Licht. The former LSU Tiger led the team with 145 tackles (tied for the third-most in the NFL), including 108 solo tackles, the most in the NFL. Over the past two seasons, Alexander has started at middle linebacker in all 30 games he has played in, recording 238 tackles (most of any player from the 2015 NFL Draft), 18 tackles for loss (tied for the most of any player from the 2015 NFL Draft), 16 passes defensed, 6.0 sacks, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He is one of three players to have at least 220 tackles, 6.0 sacks and three interceptions during the last two seasons (also Lavonte David & Lawrence Timmons).

In 2015, Licht oversaw one of the most important selections in Buccaneers franchise history, as the team held the No. 1 overall pick for the first time since 1987. With that top overall pick, Licht selected Winston, who went on to establish team rookie records in nearly every passing category, including pass attempts (535), pass completions (312), passing yards (4,042), passing touchdowns (22) and passer rating (84.2). Winston was voted Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year and earned a trip to the 2016 Pro Bowl, to go along with a selection to the PFWA All-Rookie Team.

But Winston was just the beginning of what shaped up to be one of the best drafts in Buccaneers history, as the team spent second-round selections on tackle Donovan Smith (34th overall) and guard Ali Marpet (61st overall), as well as a fourth-round pick on Alexander (124th overall). All three players were starters from Game 1 and each of them earned a spot on the PFWA All-Rookie Team, alongside Winston.

Marpet (13 starts) and Smith (16 starts) were key members of the Buccaneers offensive line that blocked for the NFL’s second-leading rusher (Doug Martin – 1,402 yards) and tied for the fourth-fewest sacks allowed in the league, after ranking 29th in rushing and 29th in sacks allowed in the previous season.

Licht joined the Buccaneers in 2014, on the heels of two seasons with Arizona as the vice president of player personnel, working under general manager Steve Keim, who earned NFL Executive of the Year honors from both Pro Football Talk and Sporting News. Licht’s first draft pick with Tampa Bay, wide receiver Mike Evans, was selected seventh overall in the 2014 NFL Draft and went on to have a stellar rookie season, finishing with 68 receptions for 1,051 yards and 12 touchdowns and being named to the PFWA, NFL.com, ESPN.com and SI.com All-Rookie Teams.

Licht first worked for the Cardinals in 2008 as a personnel executive, before leaving to spend three seasons as director of pro personnel with New England. He returned to Arizona in 2012 as director of player personnel before being promoted to the vice president position.

In addition, Licht’s career has intersected with some of the NFL’s greatest head coaches, including Don Shula, Jimmy Johnson, Bill Belichick and Andy Reid. In all, Licht has worked alongside seven head coaches who have led a team to a Super Bowl (Shula, Johnson, Belichick, Reid, Pete Carroll, Lovie Smith, Ken Whisenhunt) and seven who have won AP Coach of the Year honors in their careers (Shula, Johnson, Belichick, Reid, Smith, Dom Capers and Bruce Arians).

While with Arizona, Licht worked directly with the head coach and general manager on player acquisition and contract negotiations, as well as leading the club’s scouting efforts as he oversaw both the college and pro scouting departments. The 2013 season saw the Cardinals improve to 10-6 from a 5-11 campaign the previous year.

In 2008 Arizona won the NFC West and advanced to the Super Bowl. Licht then spent three seasons (2009-11) as director of pro personnel with the New England Patriots, where he was responsible for monitoring every NFL roster with an emphasis on scouting talent of upcoming pro free agents, while also maintaining depth on New England’s roster. The Patriots were AFC East champions in each of those three seasons and advanced to the Super Bowl following the 2011 campaign.

Licht spent five years with the Philadelphia Eagles (2003-07), first serving as the club’s assistant director of player personnel before being promoted to vice president of player personnel for his final two seasons. The team won three NFC East titles during that span and earned a berth in Super Bowl XXXIX.

Prior to joining Philadelphia, Licht enjoyed his first stint in New England, serving as a scout and assistant director of player personnel from 1999-2002, a stretch that included a victory in Super Bowl XXXVI. He was part of a front office that drafted core pieces of the team that won three Super Bowls in four seasons, such as Damien Woody, Kevin Faulk, Tom Brady, Richard Seymour, Matt Light, and Deion Branch.

Licht began his NFL career with the Miami Dolphins in 1995, where he worked as a scouting department assistant before spending the 1996 season as an offensive assistant/quality control coach. In 1997, he worked for National Football Scouting, a college football scouting service, before joining the Carolina Panthers’ scouting staff in 1998.

Licht played linebacker and guard at the University of Nebraska from 1989-91 before transferring to Nebraska-Wesleyan, where he was an all-conference defensive tackle. He and his wife, Blair, have three children: Charlie, Zoe and Theo.