Buccaneers hiring Bruce Arians as next head coach


One year into retirement, Bruce Arians is reportedly set to return to coaching and take over as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Both sides agreed to a four-year deal with a fifth-year option for 2023. Licht was vice president of player personnel during Arians' tenure as head coach with the Cardinals.

The draft order beyond the first round doesn't come out until after the Super Bowl and after the comp picks are announced, which recently has been late February.

In January 2018, Bruce Arians retired after the Arizona Cardinals ended their season with a win over the Seattle Seahawks in the regular season finale.

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There will be concerns about Arians' age and health, for sure. He had prostate cancer in 2007 and was hospitalized due to an ear infection in 2013. The 66-year-old had part of his kidney removed in February 2017.

On Dec. 31, Rapoport said that Arians sent him a text message confirming his interest to coach the Buccaneers.

Arians, 66, is a two-time National Football League coach of the year with a background coaching quarterbacks, including Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Palmer. Rapoport added that Arians hopes to finalize deals with Harold Goodwin as run game coordinator-offensive line coach, Byron Leftwich as pass game coordinator and Clyde Christianson as quarterbacks coach.