The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made their choice in their head coaching search.
The team hired former Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians for the job, the Bucs announced in a statement Tuesday night.
Arians, 66, retired after last season, finishing with a 49-30-1 record in five years with the Cardinals. While with the team, he had several health-related issues, including two trips to the hospital during the 2016 season. He also later revealed in his book that he had a cancerous spot removed from his liver in 2016.
His deal with the Buccaneers is a four-year contract with a fifth-year option for 2023, the team said in its release.
“Bruce Arians is one of the NFL’s most well-respected coaches over the past two decades and we are excited to have him leading our team,” Buccaneers owner and co-chairman Bryan Glazer said in the team’s statement.
“Throughout this process, we focused on finding the right coach with a proven ability to elevate our players and lead our team forward. Bruce has played a large role in the development and career success of some of our league’s best players and we look forward to seeing him continue that work here with our franchise.”
In November, Arians told The Canton Repository that the Cleveland Browns’ head coaching opening would be “the only job I would consider.” But he previously worked with Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht, who served as the Cardinals’ director and vice president of player personnel from 2012-13.
Arians will already have his quarterback in the fold, as general manager Jason Licht said Jameis Winston will return for the 2019 season. Winston is scheduled to earn $20.9 million in his fifth-year option.
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