Sunday, February 25, 2018
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Rutgers could engage in bidding war for assistant coaches

Greg Schiano told reporters after his introduction as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' new coach on Friday that he expected to bring some of his Rutgers assistants with him to Tampa Bay. While he didn't get specific, it was clear his intention is to have multiple members of that staff join him on the Buccaneers' coaching staff.

But things could get interesting in the next several days. With Rutgers naming interim coach Kyle Flood as its permanent coach on Tuesday, the Scarlet Knights' goals now turn to retaining the core of their coaching staff. That will put them in direct competition with Schiano, and it's not out of the question to suggest there could be some bidding wars.

The Star-Ledger newspaper in New Jersey reported that Flood intends to use some of the payroll money available in the wake of Schiano's departure for sweetening deals for assistants who might otherwise be lured to Tampa Bay. The paper reported Flood will make a starting salary of about $750,000, about one-third what Schiano was making after 11 seasons on the job. That presumably gives Rutgers the flexibility to offer key assistants competitive deals that might convince them to stay.

One who appears headed to Tampa Bay, however, is Rutgers defensive coordinator Bob Fraser. He reportedly is interviewing for a job on the Bucs' staff today in Tampa. Fraser has a history in coaching linebackers, and it's possible he could take on a similar role for the Bucs, who will have a new linebackers coach for the third time in four years.

Another name to watch is Frank Cignetti, Rutgers' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He has extensive experience as a coordinator and quarterbacks coach in major college football and spent 2007 as the 49ers' quarterbacks' coach. His offensive philosophy closely resembles Schiano's, so it wouldn't be surprising if Schiano attempted to lure Cignetti to the Bucs.

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