Portland News Station Reporting Tampa Bay Close To Signing Oregon Ducks Head Coach Chip Kelly

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 02: Head coach Chip Kelly of the Oregon Ducks covers his face after the Ducks defeat the Wisconsin Badgers 45-38 at the 98th Rose Bowl Game on January 2, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

According Portland television station KGW, Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly is "close to signing a deal with the NFL." The Tampa Bay Times has since confirmed. From KGW-TV:

Kelly is reportedly in the process of finalizing a deal that would make him the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A source close to the situation told KGW Kelly will make the jump to the NFL if he can come to terms on a contract.

If this report turns out to be true, then Zimmer would find himself with only one team that's expressed any level of interest. Though the Indianapolis Colts' interest appears exploratory on Indianapolis' part, perhaps in part that Zimmer was a candidate for three open head coaching positions this offseason.

Without a head coaching job offered to him, it's likely that Mike Zimmer would stay for the final year of his existing contract.

The next question is, what of Kevin Coyle, who drew interest as Miami's vacant defensive coordinator spot earlier this weekend.

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