Kiffin back on board
Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, after more than a week of negotiations, has agreed to terms on a multi-year contract extension with the Bucs, the team announced.
The contract is expected to play somewhere in the range of $2-million a year according to ESPN.com, giving Kiffin a raise from the $1.7-million he earned the previous two years.
"We are pleased to announce that our three coordinators (on offense, defense and special teams) have signed extensions to remain with the Buccaneers,” said Bucs General Manager Bruce Allen. “This unprecedented consistency is a tribute to the organization and our coaches.”
Negotiations had been characterized as being far apart in recent days, but it's possible the Cowboys' signing of offensive coordinator Jason Garrett to a $3-million annual salary on Thursday could have impacted the Kiffin talks.
Kiffin's unit has been a top-10 defense 10 times in the past 12 seasons.
STEPHEN F. HOLDER