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Bruce Arians Says Bucs Staff Rumor Is Not True

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians before a game.

TAMPA, FLORIDA - AUGUST 16: Head coach Bruce Arians of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks on during warm-ups before a preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins at Raymond James Stadium on August 16, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

On Saturday, Pro Football Network reported that Bucs head coach Bruce Arians gave his staff permission to pursue other opportunities. The latest development from Tom Brady's expected retirement.

However, on Sunday Arians disputed those reports.

Per Buccaneers reporter Greg Auman, "Arians says this report is false, that he hasn’t done this and is handling this off-season and his staff seeking jobs elsewhere the same as any other year." Noting, "Most are under contract with the Bucs anyway."

The NFL world was rocked this weekend by ESPN's report that Tom Brady has decided to retire from the game of football after 22 seasons. While some of Brady's camp has disputed that Tom's made a decision (including his father), the Worldwide Leader is standing by its reporting.

According to ESPN's Jeff Darlington and Adam Schefter, Brady's decision is a lot about family and health. As well as the anticipated turnover on the Bucs' staff and roster.

Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich has been a popular name in NFL head coaching circles. And there's a good chance he returns to the franchise he once quarterbacked, the Jacksonville Jaguars.

On top of that, Tampa Bay has a number of players hitting free agency. Including key pieces such as Chris Godwin, Ryan Jensen, JPP, Ndamukong Suh and Leonard Fournette (just to name a few).