NFL News and Rumors: Birds wait out the storm, hire a new King
NFL News and Rumors
Many teams around the NFL are in the process of hiring new coaches, while others are thinking long-term extensions for their main players.
The Cardinals have a new King in the desert, while the Seahawks look to keep the Wilson-Carroll era rolling.
Here’s your latest NFL News and Rumors as the playoffs continue into the divisional round this week.
- Kliff Kingsbury headed to The Birds Nest
- Bruce Arians to the Bucs
- Seahawks and DangeRuss begin contract negotiations
- Golden Tate was almost a Patriot
Kliff Kingsbury headed to The Birds Nest
After a short stint at USC, Kliff Kingsbury is headed to the desert. The Arizona Cardinals announced Tuesday Klingsbury has been hired as the team’s new head coach.
Kingsbury will join the Cardinals on a four-year deal with a team option for a fifth year. The 39-year-old coach will replace Steve Wilks, who was relieved of his coaching duties on Dec. 31 after Arizona’s 3-13 season.
Kingsburg was hired to be USC’s offensive coordinator on December 5 after seven seasons at Texas Tech. He previously interviewed with the New York Jets for their head coaching vacancy as well.
Bruce Arians to the Bucs
Bruce Arians is on his way back to the NFL.
After working as a game analyst for CBS in 2018, Arians is leaving his day job and joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as head coach, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Arians served as Cardinals head coach from 2013-17, leading Arizona to a 50-32-1 record, the best in Cardinals history.
The two-time AP NFL Coach of the Year retired in 2017, but will now rejoin Bucs general manager Jason Licht, who previous served as the Cardinals vice president of player personnel.
Seahawks and DangeRuss begin contract negotiations
The Seattle Seahawks offseason just begun, and they’re already taking care of business…starting with Russell Wilson.
The Seahawks have started contract negotiations with the DangeRuss quarterback, who has one more season remaining on his $87.6 million contract extension signed in 2015.
Head coach Pete Carroll said Wilson’s extension is “very much in our plans” this offseason.
Wilson through a career-high 35 touchdowns for 3, 448 yards in 2018 and had a career-low seven interceptions this season.
Golden Tate was almost a Patriot
Tom Brady never got his offensive weapon.
Ahead of the NFL’s trade deadline in October, the New England Patriots were in the mix to acquire Golden Tate from the Detroit Lions. In a surprise move, Tate was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a third-round pick.
According to Albert Breer of MMQB, the New England Patriots also offered the Lions a third-round pick, but the Lions declined, as they believed the Patriots pick would be a higher one.
Tate has been up and down for the Eagles, but more on the up as of late, establishing himself as a main target for quarterback Nick Foles.
Through nine regular-season games and playoffs, Tate has 35 receptions for 324 yards and two touchdowns.