Buccaneers hire Arians, swap late picks with Cardinals for coach's rights


Arians is 66 years old, and retired from the Arizona Cardinals following the 2017 season.

Joe Maddon, the former manager of the Tampa Bay Rays and current manager of the Chicago Cubs, helped convince Bruce Arians to accept a job to be the head coach of the Buccaneers.

Both sides agreed to a four-year deal with a fifth-year option for 2023.

On Dec. 31, Rapoport said that Arians sent him a text message confirming his interest to coach the Buccaneers.

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Bear in mind that Arians did have two hospital stays during his time as head coach of the Cardinals. "So, I would listen", the text reportedly read.

Arians will become the 12th head coach in team history.

Due to Arians' retirement from football after the 2017 season while still under contract with the Arizona Cardinals, the Buccaneers and Cardinals were required to swap late-round 2019 draft picks in order for Tampa to acquire Arians' rights, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports, citing a source.

His reputation is one of a high-flying offensive guru, with a knack for getting the most out of quarterbacks like Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Palmer. He went 34-14 in his first three seasons at the helm, including a run to the NFC Championship Game in the 2015 season.