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With deal nearly over, Tampa Bay Buccaneers let WR coach Richard Mann look around

TAMPA — The Bucs might be planning to part ways with WR coach Richard Mann after eight seasons.

Mann, who served as an assistant head coach to Raheem Morris, received permission to interview with an undisclosed NFL team. Mann does not have a contract for 2010, and his deal with the Bucs expires in February.

Several NFL teams are formulating coaching staffs, including the Redskins. Mann is a favorite of former Bucs general manager Bruce Allen, now Redskins GM.

The loss of Mann could have a significant impact on the Bucs' ability to re-sign WR Antonio Bryant, an unrestricted free agent.

Bryant has a close relationship with Mann, who has served as a mentor to the Bucs' No. 1 receiver.

Bryant, who was hampered by a knee injury in 2009, listed two main factors for wanting to re-sign.

"My biggest motivator is my position coach," Bryant said of Mann a few weeks ago, "and (QB) 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.

Bryant, 28, was the Bucs' franchise player, earning $9.8 million in 2009. He caught 39 passes for 600 yards and four touchdowns last season despite missing three games and starting only 11.

Mann's probable departure is just the first of what are expected to be several changes to Morris' staff after a 3-13 season. DB coach Joe Baker, DL coach Robert Nunn and OL coach Pete Mangurian may not be retained. Baker and Nunn were brought aboard by ousted defensive coordinator Jim Bates, and Mangurian brought the zone blocking scheme to the Bucs for fired offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski.

There has been speculation about the future of special teams coach Rich Bisaccia, but he has a contract for 2010. Bisaccia has expressed an interest in the vacant South Florida head coaching job.

Phillips out of jail: A judge Monday ordered Bucs S Jermaine Phillips released without bail, one day after he was accused of choking his wife after she questioned him about another woman.

Judge Walter Heinrich ordered Phillips to not have any contact with Phillips' wife, Adrianne.

"Stay away from her," Heinrich told Phillips, who wore a blue jacket over the orange jumpsuit issued to all jail inmates.

Phillips faces as long as five years in prison if convicted, Heinrich said. The judge said Phillips could be released on his own recognizance because he has no previous arrests. He was released at 3:15 p.m.

Phillips' wife was not in the courtroom at the time. Phillips appeared by closed-circuit TV. No lawyer represented Phillips, so Heinrich appointed a public defender for the hearing. But Phillips does not qualify for the public defender's services for future hearings.

Times staff writer Colleen Jenkins contributed to this report.

With deal nearly over, Tampa Bay Buccaneers let WR coach Richard Mann look around 01/11/10 [Last modified: Monday, January 11, 2010 10:09pm]

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