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Bucs reward Morris for turnaround season
Posted Jan 8, 2011 by Roy Cummings
Updated Jan 8, 2011 at 06:28 PM
By ROY CUMMINGS
The Tampa Tribune
TAMPA – It seemed inevitable that Coach Raheem Morris would be rewarded for leading the Buccaneers to the biggest single-season turnaround in franchise history, and so it was.
Morris, who followed up his 3-13 rookie season by guiding the Bucs through a 10-6 campaign that landed them just short of a playoff berth in 2010, has been rewarded with a two-year contract extension, Bucs officials said.
The extension will pay Morris $2 million per season, but a series of playoff-related incentive clauses allow Morris to nearly double that payout over the two-year lifetime of the agreement.
The Bucs are also believed to be working on a similar extension for general manager Mark Dominik, who played a huge role in the team’s turnaround during a season in which it was ravaged by injuries.
The Bucs eventually lost eight starters to injury and another (safety Tanard Jackson) to a league suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, but Dominik never stopped finding reputable replacements.
Morris and Dominik, who replaced Jon Gruden and Bruce Allen respectively following the 2008 season, were both believed to be finishing off the second year of a three-year contract that included a team option for 2011.