Licht will keep Bucs' current personnel staff, for now
TAMPA -- New Bucs general manager Jason Licht said he will initially keep the team's personnel staff in place, giving them a chance to make a case to him for why they should continue with the team in the longterm.
"It's a really small fraternity. I know everybody here. I've had some kind of dealing with them at some point, whether I worked with them or have been on the road with them," he said. "You never know until you work with somebody. I'm going to give them the opportunity to show me they will fit in what we're doing and if I fit for them."
Licht said he personally benefited from such a setup -- he had the chance to stay with the Patriots after Pete Carroll was fired in 1999, earning a job and later promotions from Bill Belichick and Scott Pioli.
"They kept me and we meshed and I ended up getting promoted a couple of times," he said. "If it weren't for that opportunity, I might not be here today. I want to give everybody an opportunity."
Arizona general manager Steve Keim said Wednesday he did not expect Licht to bring anyone from the Cards to his Bucs staff, saying he told him "hands off" with his former colleagues. Asked if he had outside personnel he knew he was bringing in to help with this draft, Licht said: "No, not right now. The good ones aren't going to be let go by their teams."