Smith expected to be announced as next coach.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are reportedly close to reaching an agreement with former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith to take charge next season.
According to ESPN sources, Smith has agreed to become the next head coach of the franchise, and it is merely a case of ironing out the details of his contract before an official announcement is made.
The former Bears coach will replace Greg Schiano on a four-year deal, having met with the Glazer family on Tuesday when he was offered the job.
Schiano was amongst the unfortunate group of victims of ‘Black Monday’, as he ultimately paid for his failure to guide the team into the playoffs.
He was 11-21 in two seasons with the franchise, finishing 4-12 this past regular season and leaves despite having three years remaining on his contract.
Nevertheless, none of the financial details of Smith’s deal have been revealed, but sources suggest that he is expected to make in excess of $5m per year.
Smith is understood to be bringing former Cal coach Jeff Tedford in to be his offensive coordinator, while Rod Marinelli may also follow to take up the role of defensive coordinator.
The Detroit Lions had also reportedly been interested in installing the experienced coach, but it appears as though they have lost the race for his signature with the Buccaneers taking pole position.
With former general manager Mark Dominik also fired this past week, Smith will likely have control of his coaching staff and be a huge voice in personnel too.