Will the Glazers shell out the money to lure the charismatic offensive whiz known as "Mooch" to Tampa Bay and end a coaching search that is nearing 40 days? Money may not be the only issue for Mariucci, who met with Bucs executive vice presidents Joel and Bryan Glazer in Los Angeles on Sunday to discuss the vacancy, according to ESPN.com's John Clayton. Sources say he is unfamiliar with Tampa Bay's team and the Glazer ownership family, and could be leery of moving his family from the San Francisco area, which is one of the reasons why he turned down overtures from Notre Dame in December.
While money may not be Mariucci's only criteria for considering a switch from San Francisco Bay to Tampa Bay, it is a key criteria. Washington's Steve Spurrier is currently the league's highest paid coach, making $5 million per year with no general manager duties attached. Because Mariucci has coached in the NFL since 1997 while Spurrier has yet to coach a down in the professional ranks, and because he will also carry the general manager title, Mariucci's request for $6 million per year seems exorbitant but justified.
That may be the last major hurdle for Mariucci to take the Buccaneers head coaching position because a compensation package between San Francisco and Tampa Bay has already been arranged. The deal is reportedly similar to the compensation awarded to the New England Patriots from the New York Jets in exchange for Bill Parcells a few years ago, which was a first-round pick the first year, a second-round pick the second year, and a third- and a fourth-round pick the third year, although that compensation package has not been confirmed by either Bucs or 49ers officials.
Mariucci has two years remaining on a contract that will pay him a total of $4.2 million, so cash may also be included in the compensation deal if he decides to come to Tampa Bay.
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