Report: Bucs, Schiano Agree to 5-Year Deal

by | January 26, 2012 at 10:59 AM | College Football, NFL, Sports

Greg Schiano (Ed Reinke/AP)

UPDATE: According to a league source, who spoke to ESPN on condition of anonymity, the Bucs have agreed to a five-year contract with former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano. Monetary details are not yet known, but Schiano’s deal with the Scarlet Knights was good through 2016 at an estimated $2.35 million per year.

His new job in the NFL will pay him significantly more.

The NFL’s last remaining head coaching position has reportedly been filled. And it looks like Rutgers’ Greg Schiano is headed for the pro ranks.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Schiano and the Tampa Bay Bucs are putting the final touches on a deal for Raheem Morris’s old job, per league sources.  Schiano met with Tampa Bay personnel on Wednesday and spent the better part of the night negotiating a contract.

From ESPN:

“Schiano is an under-the-radar coach, but Tampa Bay has been eyeing him throughout this process. Buccaneers college scout Bill Rees made contact with Schiano at the outset of Tampa Bay’s coaching search, and the two men stayed in contact.

“The Glazer family also conducted a massive amount of research, reaching out to various NFL people. One of the people they called was Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who spoke highly of Schiano.”

Schefter also noted that Mike Sherman, the other candidate to get a second interview with the Bucs, was visiting with the Dolphins this morning about their offensive coordinator job, according to a source.

Earlier this week, reports surfaced that Oregon head coach Chip Kelly had accepted the Bucs opening, but then had a last-minute change of heart and decided to stick with the Ducks. Apparently, Kelly’s leap to the NFL was much closer than it seemed.

Since 2006 Schiano, 46, has compiled a 49-28 record as the head coach of the Scarlet Knights. He helped turn back Iowa State 27-13 in this past year’s New Era Pinstripe Bowl.