Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht has had his contract extended by one year through the 2019 season. PewterReport.com has confirmed the story was first reported by Ira Kaufman, a columnist at JoeBucsFan.com.
Licht, who was hired by the Glazers and former Bucs head coach Lovie Smith in 2014, had his contract option year for 2018 picked up by the team last year prior to his most recent extension. When Licht fired Smith following the 2015 season after going 8-24 in two years in Tampa Bay, he signed offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter to a five-year deal to take over as head coach. Koetter delivered a 9-7 record in his first season as head coach before a disappointing 5-11 campaign last year in a season full of high expectations. A shoulder injury to starting quarterback Jameis Winston didn’t help, but Licht didn’t give the coaching staff enough horses up front to provide a credible pass rush, as Tampa Bay ranked last in sacks with just 22.
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