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Friday, January 10, 2014
Sparano gets two-year contract

By Paul Gutierrez

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Despite reports that he was heading to Tampa Bay to join new Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith's staff, Tony Sparano is staying with the Oakland Raiders.

The team announced late Friday afternoon that Sparano has signed a two-year contract to remain the Raiders' assistant head coach/offensive line coach.

Heading into the week, only offensive coordinator Greg Olson and linebackers coach Bob Sanders had contracts for 2014 among coach Dennis Allen's assistants. At least three other coaches agreed to one-year extensions Tuesday with Allen having two years remaining on his contract.

There had been a potential snag as owner Mark Davis was leaning toward one-year deals for coaches with expiring contracts.

But with Sparano getting two years, his contract length and, thus, job security is now the same as Allen's. And if things start badly next season and Allen goes on the hot seat, keep in mind that Sparano does already have head coaching experience from his days with the Miami Dolphins.

In any event, Sparano being retained ensures continuity on the offensive line.