The Buccaneers have hired Bruce Arians as their next head coach. According to an ESPN report, he will receive a four-year contract with a one-year option.
Welcome to Tampa Bay, Bruce Arians!
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— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) January 9, 2019
Arians, 66, stepped away from coaching after the 2017 season, citing his health and a desire to spend more time with his family.
Bear in mind that Arians did have two hospital stays during his time as head coach of the Cardinals. According to the Tampa Bay Times, “Arians reportedly did not bring a doctor’s note to his interview with the Bucs. He brought a doctor.”
The NFL told the Buccaneers they would not need to compensate the Cardinals in order to hire Arians, according to ESPN. But, the Cardinals made a late argument to the league that they held his rights, the report says.
According to a report from ESPN, Tampa Bay then sent a sixth-round pick to Arizona in exchange for Arians’ rights. The Buccaneers also received a seventh-round pick in the deal.
NFL initially told Buccaneers no compensation needed to hire Bruce Arians. But Cards made late argument to NFL that they held Arians’ rights. Rather than having a protracted dispute, Bucs sent a 6th-round pick to Arizona for Arians’ rights and a 7th-round pick, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 9, 2019
Earlier, the Times reported that Arians was planning to bring most of his coaching staff from the Cardinals to Tampa Bay, including recently fired Jets head coach Todd Bowles as his defensive coordinator.
A new coaching staff’s goal: seeing if Jameis Winston is the quarterback the Bucs can build around as he enters the fifth and final season of his rookie contract.
Arians has nurtured young quarterbacks such as Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Palmer into NFL stars as both an offensive coordinator and head coach.
He also won 49 games over five seasons in Arizona.