There was an abundance of vacant head coaching positions in the NFL just a couple of days ago, but they are quickly filling up, as teams have begun to lock down coaches.
Arians, who had been linked to the Bucs for a while, will be taking over as the team's head coach after the Buccaneers fired Dirk Koetter early last week.
Buccaneers now finalizing deal to make Bruce Arians their next head coach, per sources. The former Cardinals’ HC will be the Bucs next HC.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 8, 2019
Arians' last coaching gig came with the Arizona Cardinals, where he was the team's head coach from 2013-17, compiling a 49-30 record across five seasons.
The 66-year-old did not coach in 2018 and had previously stated that he would only return to take over as head coach of the Cleveland Browns. That was obviously untrue, as he is taking his talents to Tampa Bay.
It's also been rumored that former New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles will be joining the Buccaneers as a defensive coordinator, which would be an excellent start to Tampa Bay's offseason, as they would have massively improved their coaching staff.
It's a four-year deal for Arians.
The #Bucs are signing Bruce Arians to a 4-year deal with a fifth-yaer option, source said. Among the coaches Arians hopes to finalize deals with: Harold Goodwin as Run Game Coordinator/OLine, Byron Leftwich as Pass Game Coordinator and Clyde Christianson as QB coach.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 8, 2019
Arians has had success in the past and will be looking to improve a Buccaneers team that hasn't made a playoff appearance since 2007.