Tampa Bay has extended contract offers to all three of its coordinators.
Two of them – offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Bill Muir and special teams coach Richard Bisaccia — have already signed their contract extensions, Bucs general manager Bruce Allen announced at a press conference held at One Buccaneer Place on Thursday.
In addition to those two new deals, the Bucs have also signed wide receivers coach Richard Mann to a new contract.
All three of those coaches were originally hired by the Buccaneers as part of head coach Jon Gruden's coaching staff when he arrived in Tampa Bay via a trade with Oakland back in 2002.
The Bucs still have some unfinished business on the coaching staff front, though.
Tampa Bay assistant head coach/running backs coach Art Valero was hired by the St. Louis Rams on Thursday, which creates a void at that particular position.
The Bucs are also in the process of attempting to sign a few other assistant coaches, including quarterbacks coach Paul Hackett and senior assistant/offensive line Aaron Kromer.
Hackett is believed to be receiving serious consideration from several other teams. In the meantime, Kromer is scheduled to meet with Bucs general manager Bruce Allen this weekend.
Tampa Bay's only unsigned coordinator, defensive guru Monte Kiffin, might be its most important.
Kiffin, who joined the Buccaneers in 1996 as a member of Tony Dungy's coaching staff, has helped Tampa Bay's defense finish 10 of the last 11 seasons ranked in the top 10.
That includes the 2007 season, where the Buccaneers improved from 17th in 2006 to No. 2 overall.
Kiffin is in the process of submitting his end-of-the-season report to the Buccaneers. He is also apparently weighing his options.
"Monte is in the process of ranking his players," said Allen. "Monte and his agent are going to talk about things.
"Monte is a fixture and an important part of the Buccaneers. He has said he wants to come back and Coach Gruden has said he wants him to come back. We'll let him workout his timetable."
Tampa Bay is just one of two teams in the NFL that has had the same three coordinators since the 2002 season. That streak obviously is in jeopardy, depending on what Kiffin and the Buccaneers wind up doing as far as the defensive coordinator post is concerned.
One coach that doesn't seem likely to wind up in Tampa Bay is former Nebraska head coach Bill Callahan.
Callahan, who served as an offensive coordinator in Oakland under Gruden, has received interest from some others teams around the NFL.
"He's received a couple of offers around the league, but we haven't brought him in for an interview," Allen said of Callahan.
"He's coached with Coach Gruden before and Bill Callahan is a very good football coach. We re-signed Bill Muir as our offensive coordinator. He's a good football coach."
While he said the Bucs were not negotiating a contract with Callahan, Allen did not rule out the possibility of Callahan joining Tampa Bay's coaching staff.
"There's a spot for [Hall of Famer] Don Shula on this team," Allen said smiling.
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