A source tells Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune that Todd Bowles has not agreed to a deal with the Buccaneers to become their next defensive coordinator and is being considered for the Bears’ defensive coordinator vacancy now that Vic Fangio is being hired as the Broncos’ head coach.
Biggs says that Bowles has already spoken with Bears HC Matt Nagy multiple times and the belief is that he’s deciding between joining the Bears and Buccaneers.
According to Biggs, Nagy’s father coached Bowles in high school, so there’s a connection between the two of them.
Bowles has more obvious ties to new Buccaneers HC Bruce Arians, so it will be interesting to see what he decides to do.
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.