Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Patriots, Dolphins partake in Bucs' scout switcheroo


A couple of divisional teams made some minor front office moves Wednesday, a product of the door swinging both ways down in Tampa Bay.

Eric Stokes, who was previously the director of college scouting with the Buccaneers, is headed for a reunion with Miami Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston.

Stokes is reportedly set to become Hickey's assistant, this just four months after Hickey's departure from Tampa Bay, where he was director of player personnel. The pair worked together for two years in Miami.

With Stokes on the move, Bucs GM Jason Licht wasted no time in bringing in Jon Robinson from New England to fill the void.

Robinson served as the Pats' director of college scouting for the past five years, initially hired by the team in 2002 as a regional scout. Licht was instrumental in Robinson's acquisition by the Patriots more than 10 years ago, and the two will now reunite after three years apart following Licht's departure from Foxborough in 2011.

The switcheroo currently leaves New England sans a scouting director, though Reiss noted Monti Ossenfort is a likely choice for the role.

Ossenfort has more than 10 years experience in the league and has been with the Patriots organization for almost as long. After a one-year stint as a personnel assistant, the Ohio University grad has served as an area and national scout with the team before his promotion to assistant director of college scouting.

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