TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
2020 OFFICIAL YEARBOOK 15
In 2015, Licht drafted quarterback Jameis Winston with the No. 1 overall
pick. During Winston’s five seasons with the team, he set franchise records for
pass attempts (2,548), completions (1,563), passing yards (19,737) and passing
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