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Bucs finalize deal to hire former Cardinals coach Bruce Arians

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers became the third team with a coaching vacancy to make their move, as they are hiring former Cardinals coach Bruce Arians to take over.

Contract details had been under discussion since Monday night and were finalized Tuesday afternoon. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport had more details:

As we wrote on the final Sunday night of the regular season when Dirk Koetter was fired, Arians was the top choice to replace him.

Fox Sports Insider Jay Glazer reported on Monday afternoon on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” radio show, that the Bucs and GM Jason Licht had Arians undergo a full physical at a Tampa hospital, as part of the negotiations due to Arians is age (66), and his previous health concerns.

After his retirement last January, Arians spent this season in the CBS-TV Booth, as a game analyst. However, he does have a decorated background in the NFL

Arians was the Cardinals coach from 2012-17 and had the Cardinals in the 2015 NFC Championship Game. His 50 wins with Arizona are the most in franchise history. And, he is also the former NFL Coach of the Year, as the interim coach of the Indianapolis Colts in 2011. That’s when he took over for coach Chuck Pagano, who had undergone Leukemia treatment that season.

Arians was the Steelers QB coach and offensive coordinator previously, as well, helping them win the Superbowl in 2009, ironically in Tampa Bay against the Cardinals

Another intriguing part Arians coming to Tampa Bay is he previously coached Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston during a football camp, when Winston was in high school. And, the two are believed to have a good relationship.

That would be key, as Licht announced a week ago Monday, that Winston will be brought back for the fifth option year of his rookie contract for the upcoming 2019 season. And, he made it clear that the new coach would need to embrace Winston, as the Bucs starter.

Buccaneers fans have been longing for a winner, as they have not made the post season in 11 years and eight of those seasons have had 10 losses or more.

There is more speculation that will be answered in the coming days that Arians may be bringing his former defensive coordinator, Todd Bowles, who was just fired after four seasons as the Jets coach, with him to Tampa Bay.

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