TAMPA — The Bucs filled another spot on Lovie Smith's staff with another former head coach, announcing Thursday that former Colorado coach Jon Embree will coach tight ends.
Embree served the same role with Cleveland in 2013, and with Kansas City (2006-08) and Washington (2010) before a 4-21 stint as head coach at Colorado, his alma mater, in 2011-12.
Embree is the third former college or NFL head coach to join Smith's staff as an assistant, joining offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford (Cal) and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier (Vikings).
Jets extend Ryan's Deal: Coach Rex Ryan went from the hot seat during an 8-8 season to some job security, getting a contract extension with the Jets. No details regarding the length of the deal or financial terms were disclosed by the team, but ESPN reported it is a multiyear extension through the 2016 season that contains incentives based on playoff victories. The 2016 season is not guaranteed, multiple media outlets reported. Ryan is 4-2 in the postseason with the Jets, but New York hasn't made the playoffs in three years. "I know what we all want and we're striving to get there," Ryan said.
Ex-Buc talks to Browns: Cowboys special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia, who had the same role with the Bucs (2002-2010), will interview for the Browns head coaching job today, Fox Sports reported. Bisaccia previously interviewed with Washington, but that post went to Jay Gruden. … Also, receiver Davone Bess posted a potentially incriminating photo on his Twitter account that could jeopardize his future with the team and possibly lead to NFL discipline. Bess posted a since-deleted photo of a package containing what appears to be marijuana. The team said it is aware of the post and will handle it internally. The NFL had no comment.
Ex-Buc to BillS staff: Jeff Hafley, who spent the past two seasons coaching safeties with the Bucs, was hired by Buffalo as a defensive assistant coach.
Hernandez investigated: Boston police are investigating whether jailed former Patriot Aaron Hernandez may have been the gunman in a 2012 double slaying, according to a search warrant request. Hernandez, who is awaiting trial on murder charges in a 2013 shooting of Odin Lloyd near his home, was seen on surveillance footage in the same nightclub as the victims the night of the attack in Boston's South End, authorities said. But the newly released documents confirm for the first time that police suspect Hernandez could have pulled the trigger. No charges have been filed in the deaths of Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and Safiro Teixeira Furtado, who were killed July 16, 2012, when somebody inside a sport-utility vehicle opened fire on their car. A third person was shot but survived. A silver SUV was recovered in June during a search of a home for evidence in the Lloyd case. A lawyer for Hernandez did not respond to a request for comment.
Bengals: Linebackers coach Paul Guenther was promoted to defensive coordinator.
Redskins: New coach Jay Gruden retained defensive backs coach Raheem Morris, the former Bucs head coach.
Vikings: The team is in talks to hire Norv Turner as its offensive coordinator, and new coach Mike Zimmer added former Dolphins linebackers coach George Edwards as his defensive coordinator. Edwards was the Redskins defensive coordinator in 2003 for then-coach Steve Spurrier.
Pro Bowl: Dallas defensive tackle Jason Hatcher was added to the Pro Bowl, replacing Baltimore nose tackle Haloti Ngata.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.