Bucs WRs coach Mann given permission to interview elsewhere
The Bucs plan to part ways with receivers coach Richard Mann after eight seasons.
Mann, who also served as an assistant head coach to Raheem Morris, has been granted permission to interview with an undisclosed NFL team. Mann does not have a contract for 2010 and his current deal with the Bucs expires in Feb.
Several NFL teams are formulating coaching staffs, including the Washington Redskins. Mann is a favorite of Redskins and former Bucs GM Bruce Allen.
The loss of Mann could have a significant impact on the Bucs' ability to re-sign receiver Antonio Bryant, who is an unrestricted free agent.
Bryant has a close relationship with Mann, who has served as a mentor to the Bucs' No. 1 receiver, who was hampered by a knee injury in 2009.
Bryant listed two main factors for wanting to re-sign with the Bucs.
"My biggest motivator is my position coach," Bryant said of Mann a few weeks ago, "and (quarterback) Josh Freeman."
Last season marked the first time in Mann's coaching career with the Bucs that he failed to produce a 1,000-yard receiver.
The Bucs are expected to make several changes to Morris' staff following a 3-13 season. Defensive backs coach Joe Baker, defensive line coach Robert Nunn and offensive line coach Pete Mangurian may not be retained.
There's been speculation about the future of special teams coach Richard Bisaccia, but he has a contract with the Bucs for 2010.