After two solid years as the Bucs defensive coordinator, Todd Bowles is getting an extension.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news Wednesday. According to Schefter, the Bucs are also giving Bowles a raise; one that makes him the highest-paid defensive coordinator in the NFL. Bowles had one year left on his original deal, but Tampa Bay went ahead and made the smart move to lock him (contractually) up for the foreseeable future.
Buccaneers are giving Todd Bowles a new three-year contract that continues to make him the NFL’s highest-paid defensive coordinator, per source. He did have one year left on his deal, but this contract replaces that, and doesn’t preclude him from taking another head coaching job.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 4, 2021
But just because Bowles was given an extension doesn’t mean he is stuck in Tampa Bay. An important piece to the puzzle is that the extension doesn’t preclude Bowles from taking another head coaching job. Therefore, if he is offered to coach a team that is in a likeable situation, Bowles can take the job.
Bowles has completely revamped the Bucs defense since his 2019 arrival. The unit was literally at the bottom of the barrel before he arrived. In fact, from 2009-2018, the Bucs defense gave up the most total yards out of any other team in the NFL. It took Bowles just two years to turn the Bucs back into a top-10 defense.
The run defense has led the league for two years straight and the Bucs have the fourth-most sacks over the same span. The Bucs also gave up the eighth-fewest points in 2020.
The Bucs made history by bringing back all their starters during the offseason and now they’ve locked the man who makes it all go on the defensive side of the ball for the next three years.