Bucs' Licht says Titans-Rams trade could be win for both
Bucs general manager Jason Licht is a close friend and longtie colleague of new Titans GM Jon Robinson, but he was diplomatic about Tennessee's huge trade dealing the No. 1 overall pick to the Rams on Thursday, saying it could work out for both teams.
"It seems like both teams got what they wanted," he said. "Somebody just asked me 'Who do you think won on that trade?' You can't say the answer to that right now. You have to let it play out. It's great to have a bunch of picks if you're Jon Robinson and the Titans. If you're L.A. and you have a player you want and you know you have to pay for, you go up. If that player works out, I think they won, too."
The Titans gave up the top pick, but picked up six picks in the top three rounds over the next two drafts -- No. 15 overall in the first round this year, plus next year's first-rounder, plus No. 43 and 45 in the second round this year and the Rams' third-rounders in this year and next. They also gave up a fourth- and sixth-round pick to complete the deal.
"Bold, and that's the way we grew up together, to be bold," Licht said of Robinson, his director of player personnel and right-hand man with the Bucs the last two years. "I was happy for him. We talk periodically. We've talked a lot in the last couple of months. It did shock me that they did this, but I was happy for him. If it works out for L.A., if they get the guy they want, so far it's worked out for them."