Buccaneers were able to interview Bruce Arians without getting permission from Cardinals

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For the second time in seven years, Bruce Arians may chase a retirement with an unretirement. The last time he retired, as offensive coordinator of the Steelers, he had no remaining contractual obligation. (And he didn’t really retire.) This time around, Arians retired with time left on his contract with the Cardinals.

Barely a week ago, the NFL reminded teams of the procedures that apply when a team interviews a coach who has retired or resigned with time left on his deal. Specifically, the new team must request permission from the old team. And, in theory, the old team could request compensation in exchange for said permission.

In Arians’ case, he retired after the 2017 season with one year left on his contract plus a team-held option for 2019.

Per a league source, that wasn’t enough to compel the Buccaneers to seek permission. Instead, the Bucs were required only to provide notification to the Cardinals. The source says that the Buccaneers worked directly with the league to determine the proper protocol, and the league concluded that the option year fell beyond the term of the contract.

The situation is nevertheless curious. Arians is looking to unretire at a time when the Cardinals are looking for a new coach, and Arians serves on the NFL’s Career Development Advisory Panel, which created the list of recommended coaching candidates.

Arians previously said he’d unretire only to coach the Browns. He also said he’d have no interest in coaching the Packers.

29 responses to “Buccaneers were able to interview Bruce Arians without getting permission from Cardinals

  1. Ouch…that has to sting if your an AZ fan. He’d rather coach pretty much anywhere besides the Cardinals. Pretty much tells you all you need to know about Rosen and the lack of talent there.

  2. How does the option year go beyond the term of the contract when he didn’t coach in 2018?

    For players, if you are under contract for 2018 and don’t show up, 2018 becomes 2019. Thus the option year would be pushed back to 2020. How is this different for coaches?

    Why are people talking about the option year when he didn’t coach out his 2018 year under contract?

  3. According to Ian Rapoport, since Bruce’s 2019 team option was declined and he only had a year left on his deal when he retired the Bucs are home free to hire Arians for no compensation. Big Oof.

  4. I think, “I’m not interested in coaching Green Bay” can be interpreted as, “I’m not interested in butting heads with Aaron Rodgers”, lol.

  5. OBP says:
    January 5, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    According to Ian Rapoport, since Bruce’s 2019 team option was declined and he only had a year left on his deal when he retired the Bucs are home free to hire Arians for no compensation. Big Oof.

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    He didn’t coach in 2018.

  6. As a TV commentator he’s a great football coach. Put more bluntly, I’d rather listen to paint drying than this guy on TV. Worst I’ve ever heard.

  7. Actually his commentary was pretty insightful but his delivery was not polished. The worst is Booger. His commentary makes me hit the mute button…

  8. jmc8888 says:
    January 5, 2019 at 4:00 pm
    OBP says:
    January 5, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    According to Ian Rapoport, since Bruce’s 2019 team option was declined and he only had a year left on his deal when he retired the Bucs are home free to hire Arians for no compensation. Big Oof.

    ——

    He didn’t coach in 2018.

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    Apparently doesn’t matter, Rapoport has no reason to lie about that. If the Bucs do decide to hire Arians then the Cardinals get nothing in return.

  9. jmc8888 says:
    January 5, 2019 at 3:43 pm
    How does the option year go beyond the term of the contract when he didn’t coach in 2018?

    For players, if you are under contract for 2018 and don’t show up, 2018 becomes 2019. Thus the option year would be pushed back to 2020. How is this different for coaches?

    Why are people talking about the option year when he didn’t coach out his 2018 year under contract?
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    Best I can tell is it might be viewed differently. Players are contracted to play for x years and the collective bargaining process has added those leverage options like contract tolling. Coaches are likely viewed to be under contract through a certain calendar year and there are no collective bargaining requiring protections for either side. Arians didn’t coach but the year passed. That left AZ with the option year (2019) which they declined leaving Arians no longer under their control of his coaching rights.

  10. Packers never expressed interest in Arians.

    Arians brought up the Packers to try and become relevant.

  11. Packers have the best QB in the league and can’t make the playoffs. I wouldn’t want to go there either.

  12. I see the Seatrolls are still excited about barely scraping by the Cardinals again. Remember Seatrolls, every game counts, including the ones where you played poorly against teams with “such little talent.”

  13. Keim refused to procure better offensive linemen for BA and Carson Palmer. Keim was not going to change this when Palmer retired, so BA left instead of getting into a power fight with Keim since Bidwill sees Keim as his buddy.

  14. I’m sad that Cleveland has not contacted Bruce Arians about its HC position. He is a brilliant offensive mind who likes deep passing from a mobile QB, operating behind a stone wall of O-linemen. He would need a fiery defensive coordinator who likes to blitz and overpower the opponent’s O-line. He would be the power behind Baker’s throne.

    I really don’t mind him as a commentator or analyst. Tony Romo and Booger are the two most irritating people in broadcasting.

  15. Bruce Arian’s is an offensive genius. Steeler’s should never have made him retire, because that led to that bozo Todd Haley. Buc’s will be in the playoff’s if they hire Arian’s.

  16. The merry-go-round of guys is simply hilarious. After a promising start Arians totally melted down and was throwing players under the bus every single game while never admitting anything he was doing was wrong. That isn’t going to magically change with the uniforms.

  17. It should be a no-brainier for Tampa. If Arians wants the job, give it to him. Just tell him it won’t be announced until next week so they can interview a minority to satisfy he Rooney rule. Arians is a proven QB whisperer and would take Winston to the next level. It’s the best candidate they could ask for to change the culture and get the Bucs back to winning.

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