It was reported earlier on Saturday that The Tampa Bay Buccaneers completed an interview with Bruce Arians to potentially be the team’s next head coach.

Though the interest between the two parties has been made clear, there was speculation as to whether or not the Buccaneers would have to give some form of compensation to the Arizona Cardinals, as Arians retired in 2017 while still being under contract.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport cleared that up and said that no compensation will be necessary, if the Bucs choose to hire Arians.

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Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]

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  1. For the love of my bucs, please get him here! The path is just getting clearer for him to come!

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    • Maybe it would be good or not. With Tampa it is as if we dream of consistency; then reality bites.

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    • He’s the best available fossil ! We can go prehistoric on offense, maybe draft T Rex as a WR !

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  2. Wait Bucs not so hasty! They should take a few more weeks to search for HC candidates that we don’t know about yet. I am sure that Bruce Arians will patiently wait and not accept any other HC offers until the Bucs have taken the extra time to make sure they get the right person for the job.

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    • Who we waiting for Jesus Christ? Naw man, let’s get Arians here.

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      • Bucs have likely offered Bruce a contract. Unfortunately for the Bucs, Cleveland may want to put a bid in also. Sadly, Arians first love interest was Cleveland. This should be interesting…

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    • All of y’all that down voted this are just plain dumb. Dude was being sarcastic. Learn how to joke around a little

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      • Some folks don’t understand or appreciate wit, humor and sarcasm. With some of the nonsense I read here, sometimes it’s hard to be absolutely sure if it’s a joke or a totally dumbass comment.

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    • Oh man!?!?! The Rooney Rule!

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      • Rooney Rule is already addressed; Bucs interviewed the Chiefs OC.

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    • Seriously, like what are we waiting for to lose him to the Browns? Sign the man immediately bso he can put together the best staff possible and to start scouting free agents and get ready for the draft. Go Bucs!

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  3. Oh man, BA as our new HC? Talk about a culture change, presumably he’d bring Todd Bowles with him as our new DC with a dream of a chance of Freddie Kitchens if the Browns new HC doesn’t want to retain him. If you’ll allow me a corny pun, the “Cards” might be in our favor.

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  4. Bruce may wait, but his potential staff may not be able to! If he is ur man, let’s do it! I think most of his preferred staff is available now. I’m fine with this hire. He has experience and is a proven NFL mind! Go Bucs!

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  5. Odds are this is a done deal. Arians already knows he has the job and had started getting his staff together. He will have to wait on kitchens and Cambell but getting him is the first step. Bowls will be the dc which will be huge for our defense. A very aggressive philosophy on both sides of the ball a welcome change for this Bucs fan.

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  6. The only negative to Arians. He is up in age and has retired once, I hope if we hire him we make provisions to have a very good coordinator who will be training to take over in the next few years or we could be in serious trouble in a few years and going through this all again. It if like if someone said you can have Tom Brady next year that would be great but you know it is only going to last a few years, same with Bruce, I just hope we are also planning for the long term.

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    • We can hire a taxidermist and prop him up on the sidelines ! Terrible choice. The fossils of the last decade are fading. Coaching has become a much younger mans role now.

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      • If he stays 2 years and hands off to a protoge who can keep a winning culture going, I’m totally OK with that.

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  7. I think this would be a great hire. Bruce Arians would be a stark contrast to Dirk Koetter. The press conferences who certainly have some spice.

    I just hope the organization commits to a coach of this stature and have a little patience. We had a very quick trigger on Lovie Smith and Greg Schiano for that matter.

    All the best teams have tenure at the head coaching position. We need to really have a 5 year plan. I’m so tired as a fan of having a rebuild… course correction… coaching change… what ever you want to call it. It’s not fair to the fan base or the team to constantly be in a state of upheaval.

    Make the hire and get him the players he needs to build the team. And both the team and fans need to allow time to develop. Please

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    • John McKay had a “Five Year Plan”. Went to NFC Championship in four.

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    • This guy may not live 5 more years.

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  8. Let’s bring Leeman Bennett back on a one year deal!

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    • With Richard Williamson as Offensive Coordinator. Greg Schiano as Defensive Coordinator. Sam Wyche as QB Coach. Raheem Morris as Secondary Coach.

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      • If Sam Wyche is doing the drafting and talent eval then I am all in on that!

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      • I’ll take Dungy as D-Coordinator over Schiano. Schiano can run special teams.

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      • Sam Wyche was the guy who really turned around TB. His 7-9 season was the most wins we had in 14 years at the time. And contrary to the popular mistaken belief WYCHE drafted Brooks and Sapp not dungy.

        He has us headed in the right direction. Of course he developed cancer and looking back it was probably best we moved on.

        This is the risk you take in hiring a sick or old HC. Years of hard work goes down the drain if they become ill and arians is certainly no spring chicken and would be an awful hire at this point.

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  9. I like him and believe he can win, my only issue with him is while he was in Arizona they had QB issues and he couldn’t draft a QB. He had Warner and made the playoffs but after Warner he had nothing. That worries me if Winston does regress and doesn’t show any signs of improvement

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  10. Done deal…hire the man!

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  11. I had been concerned about his health, and age, but if we get three years out of him that’s more then most H.C.’s last in Tampa anyway. What I’d like best about this hire, is I’m sure he’ll have final say over the roster. I’m O.K. with Licht shopping for the groceries, I just don’t want him with the credit card to buy them. As far as Bowles being the D.C., I’d be happy with Buckner getting his shot, and perhaps be in line to take over if B.A. retires. One other thing I think B.A. would do that I think Koetter didn’t take full advantage of was training more in the indoor facility. Training in the Fla heat doesn’t make you stronger, it weakens you. Our teams have always run out of gas even playing at home. I’d train indoors all but one day a week. That would get us use to game day in the heat, that’s all we need.

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  12. Hire the man! If health was still an issue I assume he wouldn’t be interested or interviewing.
    There may be another guy out there that’s a diamond in the rough, but we fans have had enough misery last 12 years and this guy is proven winner that knows what he’s doing.

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    • I bet you are not in your 60’s. 66…is REAL old. I’m 70 and in the last 5 years every long time friend my age has died. Several came down ill and were dead in less than 2 months. Arians is 66 ! Why hire a guy when you know you will have to make yet another change in less than 5 years perhaps as little as 2 years. This is not a plan for the future unless you consider the revolving door a desirable future.

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  13. Would love to see this. Hopeful BA gets the job, is healthy and has the passion for it and our franchise.

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  14. I hate the idea of hiring retreads defined as coached who have been fired elsewhere. They rarely pan out, aside from Belicheck. But Arians wasn’t fired. Get him.

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