Moving on Up

July 23 - After spending the last five seasons as Tampa Bay's director of football administration, the Buccaneers gave John Idzik's title a facelift by elevating him to assistant general manager. Idzik has worked alongside GM Rich McKay and has played an important role in managing the team's salary cap and making the free agent additions of QB Brad Johnson and DE Simeon Rice possible.

Idzik is entering his ninth year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He started with the Bucs in 1993 as a pro personnel assistant and has spent the last five seasons as director of football administration.

In the last two seasons alone, Idzik has played a huge part in adding Pro Bowl players like C Jeff Christy (2000), QB Brad Johnson (2001), WR Keyshawn Johnson (20000 and LG Randell McDaniel (2000), and adding a veteran talent like DE Simeon Rice (2001) without breaking the Bucs' bank.

While bringing in veteran talent via free agency, Idzik has also been able to retain their own free agents in the last couple of years. Idzik and McKay were able to give contract extensions to DE Marcus Jones and SS John Lynch before they hit the open market last season. They were even able to re-sign CB Ronde Barber and RT Jerry Wunsch this offseason after they both tested the free agent market.

Mckay was more than happy to reward a deserving Idzik.

"Our goal as an organization has been to promote from within and reward those who have contributed to the success of the team, as John has," said McKay.

Idzik's job responsibilities will now consist of working with McKay in negotiating player and football operations contracts, and managing and planning the team's salary cap. Idzik also assists the league in contract, salary cap and player personnel matters, and evaluates player talent.

Now that Idzik is no longer contributing from behind the scenes, don't be surprised if he follows in Jerry Angelo's footsteps in the future and fills a vacant general manager position for a team in need of one.

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