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Bucs’ John Spytek to interview for Raiders’ GM job

Tampa Bay’s vice president of player personnel will travel to Las Vegas to interview on Thursday.
John Spytek is in charge of the Bucs’ college and pro scouting departments, handles the preparation for free agency and works with general manager Jason Licht regarding the draft.
John Spytek is in charge of the Bucs’ college and pro scouting departments, handles the preparation for free agency and works with general manager Jason Licht regarding the draft. [ Associated Press ]
Published Jan. 26|Updated Jan. 26

TAMPA ― John Spytek awoke Wednesday to some good news. The Raiders had requested permission to interview him for their vacant general manager job.

Spytek, the Bucs’ vice president of player personnel, interviewed last week for the Vikings’ GM job that is expected to go to Browns vice president of football operations Kwesi Adofo-Mensah.

The Raiders fired Mike Mayock as general manager after three tumultuous seasons.

To make matters even more interesting, Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles is interviewing for the Raiders’ head-coaching job Thursday in Las Vegas.

A Bowles-Spytek reunion could take a big bite out of the Bucs, since they have been integral parts of the team’s success over the past two seasons.

Consider also that offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich could become the Jaguars’ head coach by the end of Wednesday. Also, Leftwich could raid the Bucs staff for coordinators, and the Bucs have no power to block them.

Spytek is in his sixth season with Tampa Bay and his 18th in the NFL. Prior to joining the Bucs, he spent three seasons with the Broncos, where he worked as the Southwest area scout in 2013 before being elevated to national scout, a position he held for two years (2014-15). He spent three seasons (2010-12) as the Brown’s director of college scouting.

Spytek is in charge of the Bucs’ college and pro scouting departments, handles the preparation for free agency and works with general manager Jason Licht regarding the draft.

He was instrumental in the acquisition of free agents such as linebacker Shaquil Barrett, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, running back Leonard Fournette and trading for linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul.

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