The Tampa Bay Bucs have reached agreement to hire Lovie Smith in a move that will create excitement for a franchise that was plagued with the turmoil the past two years.
The Glazer family that owns the Bucs moved quickly to beat out multiple teams that were interested in hiring Smith.
There is a good chance the Bucs new GM will be Jerry Angelo, who was Lovie's GM at Chicago.
Reports say Lovie met with team on Monday and both sides worked to finalize a deal over the last two days. He is expected to earn in excess of $5 million per year. Fired coach Greg Schiano had a five year deal for $3 million per year.
The 55-year-old Smith was the Chicago Bears head coach from 2004 through 2012, leading the team to five winning seasons and three playoff appearances. Smith's Bears went 13-3 and reached the Super Bowl in 2006. He was 81-63 during the regular season.
Among the things Smith can bring to the Bucs is stability after going through two seasons of drama under the previous regime.