Bucs release OC Tedford from contract

Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced that
the team has released offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford from his contractual
obligations in order to allow him to pursue other opportunities.

Tedford, in his first year as Tampa Bay’s offensive coordinator under head
coach Lovie Smith, left the team to have a heart procedure during the
preseason, and was on an indefinite medical leave of absence since late

“Throughout these difficult circumstances, our primary concern was for Jeffs
health and well-being,” said Smith. “After speaking with Jeff in recent days,
it became obvious that a mutual decision to release him from his contract was
the best way forward. We wish Jeff continued success in the next phase of his

In a statement, Tedford said, “My wife and I want to thank the entire
Buccaneers organization — from the Glazer family, to head coach Lovie Smith
and general manager Jason Licht — for all the faith and confidence they
expressed in me. I will always be grateful to them for the opportunity to
participate in the offseason program, the draft, free agency, training camp,
the preseason and the beginning of the regular season. I have built
friendships here with administration, coaches and players that will last a

Prior to joining an NFL coaching staff for the first time this season, Tedford
spent 11 seasons as the head coach of California and left as the winningest
coach in school history. He posted a record of 82-57 from 2002-12, with the
Golden Bears earning eight bowl bids.