For the second time this offseason, a key member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization shocked the NFL world with the news of his retirement. Former head coach Bruce Arians announced that he would be retiring from head coaching and moving to a front office role as a senior football consultant. Taking over for Arians is defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. Shortly after the Arians news, the Buccaneers announced a huge decision on Bowles, as reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Buccaneers are doing away with the remaining two years on Todd’ Bowles’ defensive coordinator contract and are giving him a new five-year, head-coaching contract, league source tells ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 31, 2022
Per Schefter, the Buccaneers are giving Bowles, who had two years remaining on his contract as the defensive coordinator, a new five-year deal following Arians’ retirement. Details of the contract are not yet known.
Bowles made his way into the NFL’s coaching ranks as a secondary coach with the New York Jets back in 2000, working his way up to defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals in 2013.
His stint in Arizona earned him a head coaching job with the Jets, where he compiled a 24-40 record. However, his perceived value as a head coaching candidate has risen since returning to a defensive coordinator position alongside Arians with the Buccaneers.
Bowles’ Buccaneers defenses have ranked inside the top-10 in points allowed per game in each of the last two seasons. Tampa Bay is clearly confident in his abilities as a coach, judging by this huge new contract.