If they make this signing they could be real scary on defense next year.
League executives informed of the Bucs process have told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that there is talk of bringing together the old Tampa Bay group, including former Bears general manager Jerry Angelo, formerSeahawks general manager Tim Ruskell and others.
Angelo and Ruskell spent over a decade together in Tampa, helping to turn the franchise around in the late 1990s. That period also coincided with Smith's run asBuccaneers linebackers coach from 1996 to 2000.
The same trio ended up in Chicago, overseeing theBears operation until being ousted last season.
If Smith is indeed hired in Tampa, he is expected to recruit former defensive lieutenant Rod Marinelli. However, the Cowboys are unlikely to let him out of his contract as defensive line coach, per Rapoport.
He could jut as easily go to the Texans though.