Report: Bucs give DC Todd Bowles new 3-year deal

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers gave defensive coordinator Todd Bowles a new three-year contract, ensuring that he remains the highest-paid assistant coach in the NFL, ESPN reported Wednesday.

Bowles had one year remaining on his current deal, which is superseded by the new one, per the report. The new deal does not preclude Bowles from taking a head coaching job.

The Bucs’ defense finished No. 1 against the run, No. 8 in points allowed and sixth in total yards allowed in 2020. That defense led the Bucs to their second Super Bowl title in February.

Bowles went 26-41 in four seasons as head coach of the New York Jets (2015-18). He rejoined head coach Bruce Arians in Tampa in 2019 after serving as his defensive coordinator in Arizona from 2013-14.