Bucs GM Rich McKay Might Stay

January 15 – With Tony Dungy gone and Tampa Bay's ownership pursuing Bill Parcells, general manager Rich McKay's future with the Buccaneers did not look promising. But on Tuesday afternoon, executive vice presidents Joel and Bryan Glazer made it clear that McKay will not only be retained, but they have also started talking about extending his contract and expanding his job duties.

After Tony Dungy was fired as Tampa Bay's head coach on Monday night, GM Rich McKay's future with the team became uncertain. But on Tuesday afternoon, executive vice presidents Joel and Bryan Glazer were certain McKay would not only keep his job, but they were also hopeful they could extend McKay's contract and expand his job responsibilities.

"Rich's (McKay) job is not in the equation here (in terms of firing)," said J. Glazer. "He has one year left on his contract and we're already talking to him about extending his contract. We're talking about expanding his duties and he's been a key part of this franchise. We view him as important and we're talking with him about an extension."

McKay began his tenure with Tampa Bay in 1992 as vice president of football administration and conducted those job duties until 1994, when he was promoted to general manager.

In his seven seasons as Tampa Bay's general manager, McKay has been regarded as one of the best draft and salary cap gurus in the league. McKay drafted the likes of Pro Bowl DT Derrick Brooks, DT Warren Sapp, cornerbacks Ronde Barber and Donnie Abraham, FB Mike Alstott and pulled off one of the biggest trades in NFL Draft history in April of 2000 when he traded two first-round selections to the New York Jets in exchange for WR Keyshawn Johnson. McKay has also successfully retained key players by signing them to long-term deals while cleverly avoiding salary cap repercussions.

Not only has McKay been kept on board the Bucs' ship, the Glazers stated the entire staff will be retained until the new coach is hired and has a chance to evaluate the current staff members.

"Everybody is still under contract," said Bryan Glazer. "So, we'll see what the new coach wants to do and talk to Rich (McKay) later to see what and how we're going to approach that situation."

McKay will help the Glazers in the team's pursuit of a new head coach much like he did in 1996 when he played a big part in hiring Tony Dungy.

"We are going to work with Rich McKay as we did when hiring Tony in making that decision," said B. Glazer. "Rich came to us with recommendations and we expect he will do that again this time around."

Although the Glazers denied having any type of contact with Bill Parcells and/or his agent until 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, the two-time Super Bowl winning coach is believed to be the leading candidate for the vacant head coaching position. In the past, Parcells has preferred to handle both head coaching and general manager duties, which would make it difficult for both he and McKay to coexist in the Bucs organization.

"You've got to have a lot of respect for a guy like Bill Parcells," said J. Glazer. "To not think of him would be not exploring all of the possibilities."


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