TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Bucs general manager Jason Licht has the 14th overall pick in the first round of the NFL. He said he's prepared to make a deal, but he won't sacrifice the future by giving up too much on draft day.
"We’ve put together every move up to every pick all the way up to one- what we’d be willing to do," Licht said, via conference call. "It doesn’t necessarily mean we’re going to do it."
Bucs quarterback Tom Brady is going to be 43 when the regular season begins, and he's only signed to a two-year deal. Licht said the team is open to drafting a quarterback to groom under Brady.
"It’s not as easy as just picking a quarterback and thinking he’s the developmental guy. They’re hard to find. A lot goes into it," Licht said. "It just kind of depends on who the player is. If there’s a player that we like at the right place, I don’t think we would have a problem taking him."
Licht's entering his seventh season as Bucs GM. The team has gone 34-62 and has missed the playoffs each season.