TAMPA — One of the candidates considered to be a favorite for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vacant general manager’s position said Monday he will not be taking the job in Tampa.
Lionel Vital, the Atlanta Falcons director of player development, told the Atlanta Journal Constitution during a Senior Bowl workout in Alabama that he is “staying with the Falcons.’’
Vital, 50, was one of several candidates who last week were granted a second interview for the job that opened up when the Bucs fired Mark Dominik following the 2013 season. The Bucs also granted second interviews to New York Giants vice president of player evaluation Marc Ross, Tennessee Titans vice president of player personnel Lake Dawson and Arizona Cardinals vice president of player personnel Jason Licht.
Kansas City Chiefs director of player personnel Chris Ballard bowed out of the process early last week, telling the team he did not want to move his family.
The Bucs’ next general manager will have a slightly different role than in the past as head coach Lovie Smith will have final say over the makeup of the team’s 53-man roster. Smith said recently he will be involved in the process of choosing the teams’ new general manager, but added the final choice will come down to the team’s owners, the Glazer family.
The Bucs have given no timetable for hiring a general manger.