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Bucs’ G.M. Jason Licht certain his team can get help at No. 19

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If the Tampa Bay Bucs have taken controversial running back Joe Mixon off of their draft board, general manager Jason Licht isn’t saying. While a few teams have already stated they weren’t interested in Mixon, the running back from Oklahoma who committed assault on a woman three years ago, Licht prefers not to say. The Bucs did have Mixon in for a visit, which Licht says was “valuable.” Licht, addressing the media Monday in his pre-draft press conference, said he…

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NFL Free agent period the start to the answers for the Bucs

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The Tampa Bay Bucs need answers. At the moment, all they have are questions. What are they to do with Doug Martin? Who will be the wide receiver opposite Mike Evans? Is there help on the defensive line? Is there a safety? Another linebacker? Protection for quarterback Jameis Winston? The Tampa Bay Bucs enter their offseason when free agency begins Thursday. Between that harvest, and the draft, there is an opportunity for the 9-7 Tampa Bay team to get better.…

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Now comes the selecting season of NFL’s general managers

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Now, it is Jason Licht’s season, poobah of the Tampa Bay Bucs. Now, it belongs to John Lynch, boss of the San Francisco 49ers. Now, the NFL belongs to Steve Keim of the Cards and Ted Thompson of the Packers and John Schneider of the Seahawks and the rest of the general managers of the league. The Super Bowl is over, which means free agency is next, followed by the NFL draft, followed by coaches proclaiming they are simply delighted…

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Bucs’ general manager Jason Licht prepares for ninth pick in draft

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Greedy man, Jason Licht. Greedy team. One year after hitting with four starters in the NFL draft, Licht is aiming for more in the upcoming (starting April 28) NFL draft. “I want to do better than we did last year,” said Licht, the Tampa Bay Bucs’ general manager. “So does my staff. Four starters was pretty good. But we strive every year to do better than we did the year before.” Licht met with the media Thursday to discuss the…

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Bucs include Doug Martin in their plans at NFL Combine

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Free agency is approaching, but that doesn’t mean that Tampa Bay Bucs‘ running back Doug Martin is going anywhere. Speaking at the NFL Combine Wednesday, Bucs’ general manager Jason Licht said he wanted to visit Martin’s representatives while in Indianapolis. “We’ll be meeting with Doug’s people here. We’ve got a couple of things going for us here on that one,” Licht said. “I know he wants to be a Buc, and I know that we want him to be a Buc.…

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Bucs hire scout John Spytek as Director of Player Personnel

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If a general manager is good, no one ever hears about the Director of Player Personnel. His successes happen behind the scenes. His influence is subtle. Still, the Tampa Bay Bucs think they have added a wealth of experience by hiring John Spytek away from the world champion Denver Broncos. “We are very fortunate to add someone of John’s pedigree and ability to our organization,” said Tampa Bay Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht. “He has had the opportunity to learn…

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Tampa Bay Bucs change the tone again by hiring Dirk Koetter as their head coach

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Around the offices of the Bucs, it is a brand-new verb. Ask a silly question, and you might as well brace for the blunt answer. It may come without diplomacy, without niceties. And just like that, you have been “Koettered.” As of Friday, it is the sound of the Tampa Bay Bucs. Jason Licht, the general manager, was talking about one such instance where he bounced an idea off of Dirk Koetter, and Koetter dismissed him. Yep, “Koettered.” And now,…

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