Bucs re-sign three assistant coaches

Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Bruce Allen announced on Thursday that three Buccaneers assistant coaches have signed new contracts, including two of their coordinators. Find out who, plus which coordinator hasn't signed yet.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Bruce Allen said Thursday that offensive coordinator and line coach Bill Muir, special teams coordinator Richard Bisaccia and wide receivers coach Richard Mann have signed new contracts with the Buccaneers.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Allen said the team had offered new contracts to all three of its coordinators. Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin has not signed a new deal, but Allen told the media that Kiffin was in the team facility on Thursday, evaluating players for next season.

He also said that Kiffin wants to be back in 2008 and that head coach Jon Gruden wants Kiffin back.

"He (Kiffin) and his agent will talk about that," Allen said during a near-30 minute meeting with the Tampa media corps. "He has said he wants to come back. We'll let them work this out on their own timetable."

Allen did confirm that the Buccaneers gave running backs coach Art Valero permission to interview with the St. Louis Rams. He and Rams head coach Scott Linehan worked together at two previous collegiate stops.

Valero told the Tampa Tribune on Thursday that he had accepted an undetermined position with the Rams.

He is the only member of the coaching staff that has been given permission to speak to another team.

Allen addressed the rumor that former Nebraska coach Bill Callahan was on the team's radar for a coaching position. Callahan worked under Gruden at two previous stops in Philadelphia and Oakland.

Allen said Callahan had not been offered a contract or brought to Tampa for an interview. With Muir having signed a new contract, Allen was asked if there was no room for Callahan on the staff.

"I don't want to say that," Allen said. "There's a spot for Don Shula on this staff."

Offensive line assistant coach Aaron Kromer has also been offered a new contract and will talk to Allen this weekend.

"He finished his work today and he's out water skiing," Allen said.

As for Gruden's contract, which ends after the 2008 season, he felt positive that will be addressed at the "appropriate time."

When asked if he had any doubt that Gruden would be back in 2008, Allen said "no." He also did not feel Gruden's contract status would be an obstacle to luring any potential free agents or new assistant coaches.

Allen also has his own contract to be concerned about, as his deal also expires after next season.

"Those things have a way of taking care of themselves," Allen said.

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