INDIANAPOLIS -- The Arizona Cardinals already denied the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' request to interview their receivers coach, John McNulty, for the position of offensive coordinator.
The Bucs are still pushing behind the scenes and could appeal directly to Cardinals ownership, according to Rick Stroud's report in the Tampa Bay Times.
The Cardinals have nothing tangible to gain from letting McNulty leave.
Rules prevent teams from seeking compensation such as draft choices or cash in exchange for all but the highest-level staffers, defined as head coaches and "high-level club exmployees" with general manager-type powers.
Preventing McNulty from joining his longtime friend, new Bucs coach Greg Schiano, risks creating ill will between the Cardinals and McNulty. The alternative, however, requires losing a valued staff member.
Neither alternative carries much appeal for the Cardinals. One does beat the other, however.