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Rod Marinelli could be heading to Tampa


Jason Garrett isn’t the only coaching free agent in Dallas. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli has completed his contract, too. And he soon could be leaving.

Per a league source, Marinelli currently is expected to join the Buccaneers, likely as the defensive coordinator. It’s unclear what that would mean for current Bucs defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.

Marinelli served as defensive line coach in Tampa from 1996 through 2005, before becoming head coach of the Lions. He worked in Tampa with current Bucs coach Lovie Smith, who at the time was the linebackers coach in Tampa.

Marinelli also worked for Smith in Chicago, from 2010 through 2012. After Smith was fired by the Bears, Marinelli joined the Cowboys, serving as defensive line coach in 2013 and defensive coordinator in 2014.