Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen are reporting that the Buccaneers have worked out the off-set language in Todd Bowles‘ contract and he will be the team’s defensive coordinator.
Reports surfaced on Tuesday that a deal was done between the Bucs and Bowles. However, that apparently wasn’t the case, the Bears were still in the mix to hire him as Vic Fangio’s replacement.
New Buccaneers HC Bruce Arians didn’t seem too bothered about the situation during an interview with Rich Eisen, so it’s not all that surprising that they were able to strike a deal in the end.
Bowles, 54, began his NFL coaching career with the Packers back in 1995 as a player personnel staff member before working for a number of teams including the Jets, Browns, Cowboys, Dolphins, Eagles and Cardinals.
The Jets hired Bowles as their head coach for the 2015 season and signed him to an extension last through 2020 last year. However, he was fired following the 2018 season.
During his four years as Jets’ head coach, Bowles led the team to a record of 24-40 (37.4 percent) and no playoff appearances.