Buccaneers focused on Bruce Arians as next head coach, report says

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There had been much speculation that Bruce Arians, after retiring, was still under the Cardinals' contract when he thought about getting back into coaching this year.

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians watches during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. In his three years in Arizona before that lone campaign under.500, Arians helped the team improve from 10-6 to 11-5 to 13-3 in 2015.

Arians will have a four-year deal with a fifth-year option, a source told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

Rapoport notes several former Cardinals coaches as targets for Arians' staff.

The Buccaneers will also hire Todd Bowles as defensive coordinator.

Bear in mind that Arians did have two hospital stays during his time as head coach of the Cardinals.

Arians was out of coaching for a season, working as an analyst for CBS Sports.

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. Arians' replacement Steve Wilks went 3-13 in his first and only season before being fired.

The NFL initially ruled that the Buccaneers were under no requirement to send compensation to the Cardinals, but a late argument from Arizona resulted in Tampa Bay trading a sixth-round pick in the upcoming draft to the Cardinals for a seventh-round pick and Arians' rights, according to Schefter.

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