Buccaneers hire Arians as head coach

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The Buccaneers' strong interest in former Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is mutual, NFL.com reported, adding that the sides are likely to begin negotiations to make him the team's next head coach.

Arians retired as coach of the Arizona Cardinals after the 2017 season.

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He has a working relationship with Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht, who was previously with the Cardinals, and Arians has worked with quarterback Jameis Winston since he was a youth football camp attendee.

The 66-year-old has had several health issues over the years, including a bout with prostate and kidney cancer. Todd Bowles is also being targetted as a defensive coordinator.

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He has a reputation for developing quarterbacks like Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck. In his three years in Arizona before that lone campaign under.500, Arians helped the team improve from 10-6 to 11-5 to 13-3 in 2015. He has since been re-hired by the Falcons as their offensive coordinator.

According to Panthers Beat Writer Sheena Quick and other reports, he is expected to be announced as the newest Bucs head coach this week.

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Arians' interview with Tampa Bay included a trip to the hospital for a physical.