Seven assistants now reported for Smith's Bucs staff
The Bucs have only confirmed the big names -- former Cal coach Jeff Tedford as the Bucs' new offensive coordinator and former Vikings coach Leslie Frazier as defensive coordinator -- but various reports now have seven total coaches as joining Lovie Smith's first Bucs coaching staff.
We've mentioned some of the initial additions -- Ohio State reporter @Rappup reported that former Bears assistant Tim Spencer will coach the running backs, as he did throughout Smith's tenure with the Bears; former Bears assistant special-teams coach Kevin O'Dea, now in that role with the Chiefs, is expected to be Smith's special-teams coordinator, according to the Chicago Tribune. Marcus Arroyo, who coached Cal's QBs under Tedford in 2011-12 and is now offensive coordinator at Southern Miss, will coach the Bucs QBs, according to Fox's Alex Marvez.
Two more names have popped up in the last day -- the defensive line coach, according to Marvez, will be Joe Cullen, who hasn't worked directly with Smith but spent three years under Smith's close friend and former Bucs colleague, Rod Marinelli, as the Lions' defensive line coach from 2006-08. He also had the same role with the Jaguars in 2010-12 and the Browns this past season.
And now Tuesday, the good folks at Footballscoop.com report that Andrew Hayes-Stoker, an assistant WRs coach with the Bears from 2010-12 and an assistant at Florida International this past season, will coach the Bucs' receivers. Hayes-Stoker, a former TCU running back who once backed up LaDainian Tomlinson, is 34, joining Arroyo (33) as the youngest hires on the staff.
It's unknown what if any positional roles the coordinators will have, but that still logically leaves a few main positions open -- tight ends and offensive line (where former Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano has been floated as a possibility) on offense and LBs and defensive backs on defense. And after seeing Greg Schiano carry 26 assistant coaches, Bucs fans know the NFL often has assistant assistant coaches at some positions.
FUTURES CONTRACTS: The Bucs announced the signing of 12 players to futures contracts Monday, including all eight members of the team's final practice squad of the season. Those players are now signed to compete for roster spots in 2014, until rosters are again dropped back down to the regular-season limit of 53 at the end of August.
The eight from the practice squad are QB Jordan Rodgers, WR Tommy Streeter, DT Everett Dawkins, CBs Bobby Felder and Marc Anthony and OLs Emmett Cleary, Jason Foster and Jace Daniels. The team also signed four "street" free agents who weren't on other teams' 53-man rosters: kicker Pat Murray, punter Jacob Schum, long snapper Patrick Scales and defensive tackle David Hunter.