Thursday, January 9, 2014
Cards' Jason Licht on Dolphins' radar
By Josh Weinfuss
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Miami Dolphins have requested permission to interview Arizona Cardinals Vice President of Player Personnel Jason Licht to be their next general manager, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
No word yet on if Licht will accept the Dolphins’ invitation.
Licht, who rejoined the Cardinals in 2012 after a three-year stint in New England, was a finalist for the Chicago Bears general manager job last season. He was also pursued by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Licht assumed his current role from director of player personnel last January when current Cardinals general manager Steve Keim was promoted.
Licht also spent the 2008 season with the Cardinals in a personnel executive role.
He assisted Keim in putting together a roster this season that went 10-6 and tied the Cardinals’ franchise record for best turnaround in a season. After head coach Bruce Arians was hired last January, the three set out to rebuild the Cardinals and did so with a slew of free agents and draft picks, and a couple of trades.
Known as a top-tier evaluator, Licht has become a common target when general manager jobs open up. But Licht is in a good place with the Cardinals, especially now that they’re on the upswing, so the likelihood of him taking a job just to take a job is slim.