The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are hiring John Spytek to be their new director of player personnel, Rick Stroud reports, quickly confirmed by 9News reporter Mike Klis. Spytek will replace Jon Robinson, who was hired as the Tennessee Titans' general manager. Update: The Bucs have confirmed the hire.
Spytek was a national scout for the Denver Broncos the past two seasons, and has been in the NFL in the personnel department since 2005. He started as an intern for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2005, become a college/pro scout in 2007 and was hired as the Cleveland Browns' director of college scouting in 2010, where he stayed in that role until 2013 when the Browns hired Michael Lombardi to overhaul the personnel department, only to fire him a year later. The Broncos hired him as a regional scout in 2013, and he was promoted to national scout a year later.
During his time as a director of college scouting for the Browns, Spytek oversaw drafts that included Pro Bowlers Joe Haden, T.J. Ward, Jordan Cameron -- but also (relative) busts like Trent Richardson, Brandon Weeden, Phil Taylor and Greg Little. And then there was the decision to take Josh Gordon in the supplemental draft, costing them a second-round pick.
Bucs general manager Jason Licht knows Spytek from his time in Philadelphia, where Licht worked as an assistant director of player personnel and vice president of player personnel from 2006 through 2008 -- which means Spytek was serving under him for all three of those years.
And to get to know Spytek as a person a little, here's a story from the Broncos on Spytek, his wife and his daughter, who sadly passed away as the result of a congenital disease.