The Oakland Raiders announced Friday night that they have signed OL coach Tony Sparano to a two-year contract.
Reports from earlier in the week suggested that Sparano was leaving for a job with the Buccaneers, but it appears as though the Raiders were to able to persuade him to stay. Sparano and the rest of Dennis Allen’s coaching staff was looking for more security. The fact that the Buccaneers were believed to have interest in Sparano may have helped him during negotiations.
Vic Tafur reports that Raiders OL coach Tony Sparano is set to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers staff, despite Oakland offering assistant coaches one-year extensions.
You can’t blame Sparano for trying to find a more stable situation. Mark Davis is reportedly meeting with HC Dennis Allen tonight, so there is at least some concern regarding his future.
Lovie Smith just took the Buccaneers job and is hoping to have his staff finalized by this weekend. Sparano should be a decent hire as an offensive line coach.
Mike Silver of the NFL Network reports that Raiders owner Mark Davis is only willing to offer the team’s assistant coaches one-year deals, despite urging from GM Reggie McKenize and HC Dennis Allen.
- Silver adds that offensive line coach Tony Sparano is “looking to bolt” and could join Lovie Smith’s staff in Tampa Bay.
According to Silver, no other NFL team has taken this approach after they’ve committed to their current head coach. Silver sees the move by the Raiders as “lunacy.”
If Davis really has concerns about the team’s coaching staff, then he should probably consider making sweeping changes or coordinator will seek out more security and other opportunities, which will in turn circumvent the team’s 2014 season.