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Bucs hire John Spytek to their front office

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have hired John Spytek as their new Director of Player Personnel. He comes to the Bucs from the Denver Broncos.

He replaces Jon Robinson, who was hired as the Tennessee Titans general manager in Jan. He was with the Broncos since the 2013 season working with the Broncos staff that is lead by general manager John Elway.

Spytek will now be Jason Licht’s right-hand man. He’s been the Broncos national scout the past two seasons.

He’s been working in the NFL since 2005. He began as an intern within the Joe Banner/Andy Reid-led Philadelphia Eagles front office.

After several seasons of being an intern, he was promoted to being the Eagles college/pro scout in 2007. In 2010, he was hired by the Cleveland Browns as their director of college scouting.

He was in that role until the Browns hired Michael Lombardi. Once he was appointed to that role in Jan. 2013, he decided to overhaul the team’s personnel department, which affected Spytek and others.

In that same year, he was hired by the Broncos as their regional scout.

As the Browns director of college scouting, he oversaw the drafts that included Pro Bowlers Joe Haden, T.J. Ward and Jordan Cameron. Haden is the only player of the three, whose still with the team.

While his staff struck gold with those three players, before Ward left for the Broncos and Cameron signed with the Miami Dolphins, they’ve also drafted busts in Trent Richardson, Brandon Weeden, Phil Taylor and Greg Little.

Little played a few seasons with the Browns from 2011 to 2013. He had a good rookie season, where he had 61 receptions for 709 yards and two touchdowns.

Then, in 2012, his numbers started to decline for the next two seasons, before being released by the team.

Richardson, who was the third overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, was traded to the Indianapolis Colts a little over a year after being drafted by the Broncos. The Colts gave up a first-round pick, which actually turned out to be the pick that allowed the Browns to pick troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel, who will be released by the team in March.

On his first play with his new team, he scored a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers. That was of course before things started to go downhill in his career.

Taylor spent several years with the Browns before his Sept. 2015 release. He had 59 tackles with 4.0 sacks along with a pass deflection and a forced fumble.

The Browns also took troubled Josh Gordon in the supplemental draft, which cost the team a second-round pick in the 2012 Supplementary Draft. The 24-year-old out of Baylor hasn’t been able to stay out of trouble, as he can’t stay away from marijuana.

Gordon was suspended for the entire 2015 season. He only played in five games during the 2014 season, after being suspended and had 24 receptions for 303 yards.

Weeden is still in the NFL and is currently a free agent after splitting this past season with the Houston Texans and the Dallas Cowboys.

Licht and Spytek have already worked together from their time in South Philadelphia. Their careers overlapped with the Eagles from 2006-08 when Licht was first their assistant director of player personnel, before being promoted to their vice president of player personnel.

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