Bucs Bring Search For Coaches To Mobile
MOBILE, Ala. – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers brought their search for replacements for defensive line coach Rod Marinelli and defensive backs coach Mike Tomlin to Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

While Senior Bowl practices were being held on Monday afternoon, Bucs head coach Jon Gruden and defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin stayed behind at the Riverview Plaza Hotel to conduct interviews with several coaching candidates.

“We’re still interviewing some coaches for the opening,” said Bucs general manager Bruce Allen. “It’s quite busy here, so Jon and Monte couldn’t even come out to practice. We’ll see what happens.”

Tampa Bay’s interview process is focused primarily on the defensive side of the ball since the primary offensive staff members are under contract with the Bucs for the 2006 season.

While they are searching for a new defensive line coach and defensive backs coach, the Bucs are only one of eight teams in the league to have the head coach and both coordinators remain intact from last season.

Because of the hiring and firing that has taken place in the NFL over the past three weeks, there are over 220 coaches looking for work, which means the Bucs aren’t having a difficult time lining up interviews.

“The Senior Bowl has always been a great time to talk to a number of coaches,” said Allen. “We have a lot of interest from guys that want to come to Tampa. There’s so much instability league-wise that the pool of candidates is enormous. It’s just a matter of going through and making the right choices.”

The Bucs will continue interviewing coaches on Tuesday.

Bucs Give Up Sixth-Round Pick For QB Rattay
PewterReport.com has learned that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers surrendered a 2006 sixth-round draft pick to the San Francisco 49ers in the trade for quarterback Tim Rattay back in October of 2005.

However, the Bucs won’t be without a selection in the sixth-round of April’s draft thanks to the trade that sent guard Jason Whittle to the New York Giants back in 2004. The Bucs own the Giants’ sixth-round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.

Escalators, Incentives Increase Bucs’ Cap Deficit
The Buccaneers, who could be as much as $19 million over the NFL-mandated salary cap, are paying the price for the success they had in 2005.

PewterReport.com has learned that several Bucs players reached incentives and triggered escalators in their contracts en route to helping the team go 11-5 and win the NFC South division title.

Bucs Pro Bowl cornerback Ronde Barber triggered an escalator in his contract by notching five interceptions and making the Pro Bowl. As a result, Barber’s salary cap value escalated $500,000 from $5.1 million to $5.6 million in 2006.

Pewter Report is currently working on getting the particulars for incentives reached by rookie running back Carnell “Cadillac” Williams and center John Wade, among others. Stay tuned.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

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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