Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Interview Minnesota Vikings Wide Receivers Coach for OC

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may look to a man who played a hand in the development of one of the league's best pass catchers for their offensive coordinator vacancy. The Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud reports the team will interview Minnesota Vikings wide receiver coach Keenan McCardell.

McCardell was a two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver who played an impressive 16 years in the NFL, compiling 11373 receiving yards and 63 touchdowns. He moved to coaching in 2010, eventually working his way up to wide receivers coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2017 before joining the Vikings in the same position in 2021. His arrival with the team coincided with an incredible two-year run by wide receiver Justin Jefferson that included 3425 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns.

McCardell actually played for the Buccaneers as a wide receiver, winning a Super Bowl in 2002 and earning a Pro Bowl in 2003. So, a return as an offensive coordinator could be a homecoming of sorts. With wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin potentially emerging as the unquestioned leaders of the offense should quarterback Tom Brady depart, McCardell could be a good fit for the Bucs as a coach that could cater the offense to its best players.

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