Tampa Bay Buccaneers linked to ex-North Carolina offensive coordinator John Shoop

The Bucs on Wednesday were linked to a third candidate for their vacant offensive coordinator post when former North Carolina assistant John Shoop was reported to be under consideration.

Shoop, 42, was the Tar Heels offensive coordinator from 2007 until last month. He was not retained when Larry Fedora took over as coach.

The news was reported by Foxsports.com, which earlier this week reported Ron Turner and Bill Lazor also were candidates.

Shoop was Bucs quarterbacks coach in 2004 under coach Jon Gruden. He moved on to the Raiders as quarterbacks coach under Art Shell in 2005 and became offensive coordinator for them in 2006. He also was offensive coordinator for the Bears under Lovie Smith from 2001-03.

Meanwhile, it remains unclear if the Bucs have made progress in filling their defensive coordinator post. Florida coordinator Dan Quinn was offered the job but on Monday declined.

Holmes guarantee kicks in: It appears Santonio Holmes will stay with the Jets. By remaining on the roster through Tuesday, the second day of the league's waiver period, the receiver was guaranteed $7.5 million for 2013 per a clause in his contract. His $7.75 million salary for 2012 already was guaranteed, his $15.25 million over two seasons making it unlikely a team would trade for him. Holmes helped New York reach the AFC title game in 2010. But this season, he criticized the Jets offensive line for not giving quarterback Mark Sanchez time. ESPN.com reported he and Sanchez argued during a late-season team meeting. And he was benched during the final regular-season game with the Jets down 19-17 and needing to win to make the playoffs. Neither Holmes nor the Jets were available for comment.

Cardinals: John McNulty was moved from receivers coach to quarterbacks coach. The Cardinals denied the Bucs permission to interview him for offensive coordinator. Ex-Bills quarterback Frank Reich was hired as receivers coach. He previously held the same title with the Colts.

Packers: Ben McAdoo was moved from tight ends coach to quarterbacks coach. The Packers denied the Bucs permission to interview him for offensive coordinator.

Raiders: Al Saunders, offensive coordinator last season under the since-fired Hue Jackson, will be a senior offensive assistant under Dennis Allen. The Raiders hired Greg Knapp as offensive coordinator.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers linked to ex-North Carolina offensive coordinator John Shoop 02/08/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 10:23pm]

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