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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired Jason Licht as their general manager, the team announced Tuesday night.

Licht, 42, spent the previous two years in the Arizona Cardinals' front office, last season as vice president of player personnel.

According to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, Licht will have control of the draft and other personnel decisions.

Licht previously worked in the front offices of the Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins.

The Bucs' general manager position opened up after the season, when the team let go GM Mark Dominik as well as head coach Greg Schiano.

Tampa Bay hired former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith on Jan. 2 to fill the head coaching vacancy.

"Jason is a seasoned NFL personnel veteran who has worked with some of the most accomplished individuals in professional football while contributing to success in New England, Philadelphia and Arizona," Buccaneers co-chairman Joel Glazer said in a statement. "His strong player personnel background provides the ideal complement to Lovie Smith's philosophy as our head coach. We look forward to working with Jason and Lovie as we set the foundation and chart the course for the future of Buccaneers football."

According to the Buccaneers, Licht worked alongside notable coaches including six who led a team to the Super Bowl: Jimmy Johnson, Bill Belichick, Andy Reid, Pete Carroll and Ken Whisenhunt. In Licht's 18 NFL season, he was part of eight division titles, four conference championships and a Super Bowl victory with New England.

Licht will meet the Tampa Bay media on Thursday.
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