Buccaneers GM search down to 3 candidates

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Jason Licht, Marc Ross and Lake Dawson look to be the three candidates to fill the general position of the Buccaneers.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers look as though they are down to three candidates for their vacant general manager position after Lionel Vital announced at the Senior Bowl that he will stay with the Atlanta Falcons.

With Vital's removal from the search, the three known candidates for the Buccaneers, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, are Cardinals director of player personnel Jason Licht, Giants vice president of player evaluation Marc Ross, and Titans director of player personnel Lake Dawson.

Gur Samuel of SB Nation's Buccaneers blog, Bucs Nation, is hopeful that the team will make a decision sooner rather than later, as the extended search could be making the job more difficult:

Having already missed all of the East-West Shrine Game practices, and now the first day of Senior Bowl practices, the extended nature of this search is at risk of putting the next GM at a disadvantage come draft day.

Former general manager Mark Dominik was fired by the Buccaneers in December along with head coach Greg Schiano after a 4-12 campaign in 2013. Former Bears head coach Lovie Smith has since been hired as Schiano's replacement.

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