TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
2021 OFFICIAL YEARBOOK 23
and five touchdowns in 10 games in 2018, before missing the final six
weeks due to injury.
The Buccaneers also got contributions from wide receiver Chris
Godwin, a third-round pick who started the final two games on the
season and earned NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors in Week
17 after catching seven passes for 111 yards, including a game-winning
39-yard touchdown. In 2018, Godwin stepped into a more featured role,
catching 59 passes for 842 yards and seven touchdowns, prior to his
breakout season in 2019.
The Buccaneers finished the 2016 season at 9-7. Mike Evans earned
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 that season, while his 1,321 yards
were then the third-most ever by a Buccaneers player and ranked fourth
in the NFL.
Another major contributor to the team’s offense 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 since become an integral part of the Buccaneers’ offense, catching
26 touchdowns since the start of the 2016 season, tied for the fourthmost
in the NFL among tight ends during that timeframe. His 29 career
touchdown receptions are fourth-most in franchise history. Brate’s
production was rewarded with a contract extension during the 2018
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 touchdowns (121).
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 allconference
defensive tackle. He and his wife, Blair, have three children:
Charlie, Zoe and Theo.