Spending a day with Jason Licht

by Gary Shelton on February 3, 2024

in general

Saturday, 4 a.m.

Jason Licht’s day-planner:

8 a.m. — Send Mike Evans a contract proposal at $20 million a year.

8:15 a.m. — Read Evans response: “More.”

8:30 a.m. — Work toward hiring Liam Coen from Kentucky. Send him a bucket of KFC to make him feel at home.

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8:45 a.m. — Review film of Senior Bowl practices. Look hard at edge rushers, centers, inside linebackers, receivers, outside linebackers, safeties, third-down backs and guards.

9 a.m. — Read resumes of special team coaches. Check to see why last year’s teams (aside from kicking) weren’t very special.

9:15 a.m. — Send Baker Mayfield a contract proposal for $25 million per season.

9:30 a.m. — Read Mayfield’s response: “More.”

9:45 a.m. — Read resumes from offensive line coaches.

10 a.m. — Send new Panthers’ coach Dave Canales a memo.  “Should have asked for eight years with that organization.”

10:15 a.m. — Read resumes of tight end coaches.

10:30 a.m. — Read resumes of offensive line coaches. Check to see why last year’s line was only offensive from a Buc standpoint.

10:45 a.m. — Read resume of run game coordinators. Check to see why last year’s run game wasn’t very coordinated.

11 a.m. — Send Evans a contact proposal of $25 million a year.

11:15 a.m. — Read Evans’ response: “More.”

11:30 a.m. —  Send Baker Mayfield a contract proposal for $27 million a year.

11:45 a.m. — Read Mayfield’s response: “More.”

12 p.m. — Speak to Tampa M.A.G.A. luncheon. Remind them that Taylor Swift is not the enemy. Really.

12:30 p.m. — Read Devin’s White  contract proposal of $15 million a year. 

12:45 p.m. — Respond to White’s proposal: “Less.”

1 p.m. — Send a message to Donovan Smith and tell him you’ll hold him in your heart forever. Smith? He can hold everything else.

1:15 p.m. — Speak to the Kyle Trask fan club. Tell him the Bucs still believe in Trask. No, really. Honest. Stop laughing.

1:30 p.m. — Ask scouts if there is another back in the NFL who can average nine inches a carry to back up Rachaad White.

1:45 p.m. — Send message to Raheem Morris. Remind him the Bucs will purchase as many free agents for him as they used to when he was here.

2 p.m. — Collect the stories that suggest Evans is going to Chicago, Houston, the Raiders, Carolina and Atlanta as a free agent. 

2:15 p.m. — Send Evans a contract proposal for $30 million a year. 

2:30 p. m. — Read Evans’ response. “More.”

2:45 p.m. — Wonder if the NFC could use better jugglers in the Pro Bowl competition.

3 a.m. — Wish Bill Belichick luck in his new career as a stand-up comic.

3:15 p.m. — Do an NFL.com interview. Mention that Simeon Rice should be the Hall of Fame. Yes, the football Hall of Fame. Look it up.

3:30 p.m. — Not saying that Todd Bowles is on the hot seat, but someone needs to put out the flames.

3:45 p.m.  — Ask Liam Coen one last question: “Of your first 100 play calls, how many will be runs up the middle? (Ninety nine is too many).

4 p.m. — Tell Mayfield you’re leaning toward franchising him for $36 million.

4:15  p.m. — Read Mayfield’s response: “Cha-ching.”

4:30  p.m. — Chase down the rumor that there was a Joe Tryon-Shoyinka sighting at one Buc. That’s rare. Shoyinka has been considered invisible since 2021.

5 p.m. — Turn out the light in the window. Tom Brady isn’t coming home.

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