Dec. 23, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Lovie Smith's Contract With Tampa Bay Buccaneers Will Up To 5 Years at over $5 Million Per Year

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will reportedly hire Lovie Smith as head coach, and according to an ESPN report, they’re very confident that he’s the right guy for the Buccaneers moving forward.

ESPN’s NFL experts are reporting the deal for Smith will be four years with an option for a fifth, and there will be an average salary per year over five million dollars.

Up to five years of contract with big yearly payouts is a confident move, and one that should be taken seriously. The Glazers aren’t willing to fire another coach after two or three seasons. They want to keep Lovie Smith around and see the team compete for years to come.

The Glazers are also helping to shed their “cheap” label many fans placed on them in recent years, as they have spent heavily in free agency, bought up unpurchased tickets to ensure games would be on television, and will now pay Greg Schiano to not coach the Buccaneers while also paying Lovie Smith a hefty amount to take over where Schiano left off and bring the team back to the playoffs.

The team has yet to officially announce the news, so any and all reports are simply speculation at this point. But the signs are pointing toward Smith taking over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as head coach with a sizable contract and the support of the owners.

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