Buccaneers hire Arians, swap late picks with Cardinals for coach's rights

Todd Bowles

Ever since the Jon Gruden era fizzled out, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been despite for a true identity and a winning culture.

Bruce Arians' retirement didn't last long.

His offensive coordinator will be Byron Leftwich, whom he coaxed into coaching three seasons ago.

The NFL Network is among those reporting that Arians, the former Arizona Cardinals coach, is being signed to a four-year deal with a fifth-year option.

The recently fired ex-Jets coach is expected to land on what will become Bruce Arians' staff with the Buccaneers as the defensive coordinator role.

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That's likely why Arians could be named the team's coach as early as Tuesday, according to the Times.

Arians had previously said he would only be interested in the Cleveland job, but later said he would listen to offers in Tampa due to his relationship with Jason Licht. He has nurtured young quarterbacks such as Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Palmer into National Football League stars as both an offensive coordinator and head coach.

There will be concerns about Arians' age and health, for sure.

Arians will inherit an explosive Tampa Bay offense loaded with young talent, but he's also bringing some much-needed help for one of the league's most chronically disappointing defenses.

With Arians, that's exactly what the Bucs are getting.

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