Bucs sign Arians as head coach; compensate Cards with pick swap

By | January 9, 2019

Bucs sign Arians as head coach; compensate Cards with pick swap … Tampa Bay reportedly came to terms with former Arizona head coach Bruce Arians to be the new Buccaneers head coach. Arians had retired as Arizona’s head coach after the 2017 season for health reasons with one year left on his contract, along with a team-held option for 2019. The league originally concluded that because the Cardinals hadn’t actually exercised that option they weren’t entitled to any compensation, but the Cardinals argued that of course they would have done so had Arians not retired. As a result, the teams will swap 2019 picks with Arizona getting Tampa Bay’s 6th round pick, while the Buccaneers will get the Cardinals’ 7th rounder. With Tampa Bay, Arians, a well-respected QB guru, will be charged with trying to stabilize the career of Bucs’ QB Jameis Winston who was all over the map this past season. In fact, there had been speculation that the Buccaneers might dump Winston at the end of the year and look for a new QB with the 5th pick overall at the 2019 draft. However, the organization ultimately decided to stick with Winston, at least for at least another and went so far as to make it a requirement of their head coaching search that applicants be willing to work with Winston.