Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk is reporting that the Arizona Cardinals have extend defensive coordinator Todd Bowles through the 2017 season and included a pay raise.
- According to Florio, Bowles can still pursue head coaching jobs after the season, which almost certainly will be available to him.
- ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that this deal makes Bowles one of the five highest-paid assistant coaches in the NFL.
- Schefter mentions that this deal will allow Bowles to be “extremely selective” about taking head-coaching opportunities.
Bowles had been under contract through the 2015 season.
This is a smart move by the Cardinals as Bowles has done a spectacular job with their defense, despite dealing with some serious injury throughout the year. On top of that, the Cardinals’ players seem to really love playing for him, so it shows a commitment by the team to try and do what they can to keep quality people around.
I’m sure teams will be lining up to get interviews with Bowles once the year has concluded. One speculative option for the Bowles could be the Chicago Bears, who are in the midst of a very disappointing season and could use as much help as they can get on the defensive side of the ball.