Buccaneers Jason Licht, “The People’s GM”


Tampa Bay Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht is considered a GM of the People. This is in-part because of his beer swilling, his affinity for the heavy metal band Metallica, but mostly for his candid and honest answering of questions from the media

So it should come as no surprise that Licht took the blame for letting a newly signed free agent leave via free agency to the New York Jets.

Speaking recently on the Loose Cannons Podcast, Licht talked about the decision making process that allowed safely Jordan Whitehead to leave the team that drafted him in 2018. Licht states he was trying to be fiscally responsible when he let Whitehead walk in free agency. He then admitted he instantly regretted the decision.

Via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times,

“With Jordan, it was a mea culpa. We had to draw the line at some point. And I made a mistake. I’m glad we got him back. It was a mistake that I regretted the minute we let him walk. Luckily, I had a chance to get him back. And nobody’s happier than him, [safeties coach] Nick Rapone, [head coach] Todd Bowles, myself. He’s going to make a big impact for us this year.”

It’s important to note that the Buccaneers were in dire straits salary cap wise during the process. Licht had to make some tough decisions, Whitehead was obviously one of them.

The overall point here is, Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht did what few do in today’s society, he took responsibility for his actions. This is just another reason why Licht is so popular. This is why moving forward he should be called “The People’s GM”!

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