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Tampa Bay Buccaneers hire Lovie Smith the defensive genius as their next head coach

Today the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a splash when they hired Lovie Smith formerly of the Chicago Bears as their newest head coach.

Lovie Smith has reached an agreement to become the next head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to sources.

The former Chicago Bears coach will replace the ousted Greg Schiano on a four-year deal, according to sources

There is a fifth-year option for Smith at the team’s control, a source said.

Smith met with the Glazier family Tuesday and was offered the job, according to sources. Talks for a contract extended until Wednesday when a deal was reached in the evening.

Terms of the contract weren’t known, but sources said Smith is expected to make in excess of $5 million a year.

According to multiple sources, Smith will bring in former Cal coach Jeff Tedford to be his offensive coordinator.

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