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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.

This is the second time the Glazers have made a defensive coordinator the highest-paid coordinator in the league. The Bucs also did it with former defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin in the 2000s after winning Super Bowl XXXVII in 2002. Kiffin will be inducted into the Bucs Ring of Honor this year.

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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Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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1 month ago

Well earned and hopefully he’ll stay a buc for the long haul. Team continuity is a great thing to have especially on a successful staff such as this one. Go bucs!!

Captain Sly
1 month ago

Smart Move! Practically guaranteed to be the next Head coach. Good Job Licht

1 month ago


1 month ago

Well deserved! Our defenders would run through a wall for him.. Hoping he’s our next coach!

1 month ago

Agree with everyone good move!

1 month ago

I love what Bowles has done with this defense. I believe he is one of the best DCs in pro football. I also know that his players would run through a brick wall for this guy. Having said this, I’m sure i will be in the minority when I say im not exactly sold on Bowles as a head coach. Maybe this next time will be better for him. But he was a disaster as HC with the Jets. Some guys r just great coordinators and some guys great HCs. I fear this might be the case with Bowles. I… Read more »

1 month ago

That’s your next Bucs’ head coach.

1 month ago

Well deserved, I am also concerned though with Bowles being named our future HC. As others have stated, some are great coordinators but bad HCs. His last attempt was with the lowly Jets, so I’ll give him a mulligan there and say let’s hope for the best. He’s definitely earned a shot at a promotion with what he’s accomplished with this defense.

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