TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Jason Licht welcomes the challenge of turning the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into a championship contender, and the team's new general manager doesn't believe it'll take long to do it.
Without making any bold predictions or offering a specific timetable for success, Licht said Thursday that the Bucs already have a solid foundation in place and that he's confident he and incoming coach Lovie Smith will form a ''partnership'' that will help the struggling franchise end its cycle of losing.
The Bucs have missed the playoff the past six seasons. They haven't won a postseason game since the 2002 Super Bowl run that produced the club's only NFL title.
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