The Tampa Bay Buccaneers appear to have made their choice in their head coaching search.
The team is hiring former Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians the job, according to NFL Network and ESPN.
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.
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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