Mike Smith, Buccaneers Agree to New Contract: Latest Details and Reaction

January 13, 2017   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will reportedly keep Mike Smith as their defensive coordinator after he helped lead them to a 9-7 record in 2016.
Citing a source Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the two sides agreed to a contract extension. Rapoport noted Smith was a candidate for the Los Angeles Chargers job before inking the deal.
Adam Schefter of ESPN also reported the news.
"Interesting that Mike Smith would take himself out of the mix in SD," Scott Smith of Fox 13 in Tampa Bay, Florida, tweeted. "Shows he has a lot of faith in #Bucs future & great for continuity sake."
According to Pro-Football-Reference.com Smith's lengthy coaching experience started in 1982, when he was an assistant with San Diego State. He first joined the NFL ranks as a defensive assistant with the Baltimore Ravens in 1999 and served as the defensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2003 to 2007 before becoming the head coach of the...

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