Fresh off their Super Bowl LV victory, the Bucs have extended the contract of defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, according to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. In addition to a three-year extension, Tampa Bay is also making Bowles the highest-paid defensive coordinator in the NFL.
Buccaneers are giving Todd Bowles a new three-year contract that continues to make him the NFL’s highest-paid defensive coordinator, per source. He did have one year left on his deal, but this contract replaces that, and doesn’t preclude him from taking another head coaching job.
As Schefter states, Bowles is not precluded for taking another head coaching job despite being under contract through 2023. The team views Bowles as a possible eventual successor to Bruce Arians in Tampa Bay – if he doesn’t land a head coaching job elsewhere before Arians retires.
Bowles joined the Bucs in 2019 as part of Arians staff and has helped turn Tampa Bay’s defense into one of the league’s best units. The Bucs run defense has been the best in the NFL over the past two years.
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