TOMLIN TO RETURN TO BUCS
PewterReport.com has learned that Buccaneers secondary coach Mike Tomlin will re-sign with Tampa Bay as early as tomorrow.
Tomlin, who is currently coaching the South squad with the Buccaneers at the Senior Bowl without a contract, interviewed for Nick Saban's vacant defensive coordinator position in Miami last week, but apparently the Dolphins are looking to move in a different direction.
"It was awesome," Tomlin said of his interview with Miami. "It was a good experience. I appreciate the process. I had an opportunity to present myself and to meet those guys. To be truthful, philosophically, they are looking for some different things, but it was a great opportunity and I appreciate it."
Terms of Tomlin's deal with the Bucs are undisclosed, although it is believed to be a one-year contract.
The Buccaneers really wanted Tomlin back and did not even interview any candidates for the defensive backs coaching job as a backup plan while Tomlin was without a contract.
STECKEL TO LEAD FCA
Pewter Report had an encounter on Monday night at one of the Senior Bowl's reception cocktail parties, running into a familiar face - former Bucs offensive coordinator Les Steckel, who worked for Tony Dungy for just one year in 2000 before getting fired.
Despite Steckel's offense melting down in a 21-3 Wild Card loss at Philadelphia at the end of the season, he helped guide the Bucs to the most points scored ever in a season with 388. Tampa Bay scored just 346 points in its Super Bowl run in 2002.
Steckel left Tampa Bay to coach his son's high school 5-A football team to the Tennessee state championship. In March, the former officer who spent 30 years in the Marine Corps., will become the president of the FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) and move to Kansas City. He made sure to tell Pewter Report to pass along warm wishes to all of our readers and Bucs fans out there, and say that despite falling short in the playoffs in 2000, he was proud of what he accomplished in Tampa Bay and enjoyed his time there.
Pewter Report ran into agent Drew Rosenhaus at the Senior Bowl on Tuesday and asked him for an update on the contract situations with his clients who are Buccaneers, such as defensive end Greg Spires, safety Dwight Smith and defensive tackle Chartric Darby. Those players are slated to become free agents in March unless they sign contract extensions with Tampa Bay.
Rosenhaus said he had nothing new to report on all three players' fronts.
Rosenhaus declined to comment on a PewterReport.com Pewter Insider report (the latest SR's Fab Five) regarding the amount Spires may be seeking in terms of a signing bonus. He did not deny or confirm the amount of the signing bonus in our report.
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