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Bill Cowher rumors, Jay Cutler extension, Bill O'Brien to Texans & Lovie to Bucs

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Bill Cowher rumors, Jay Cutler extension, Lovie to Tampa oh my! The 2014 NFL playoffs may get underway this weekend, but the off the field news is getting some serious hype right now as NFL fans try to keep up with all the hoopla. There's a lot going on in the NFL world today.

First off the Bears have locked up their QB for the next seven years.

According to a Sportsline report on Jan. 2, the Chicago Bears have inked QB Jay Cutler to a seven-year deal according to General manager Phil Emery. Emery announced Thursday that the team has signed Cutler to a new seven-year deal for an average $18 million per season.

All that talk of paying McCown an estimated $3-5 million per season and drafting a quarterback in the 2014 NFL draft was obviously just that - talk!

Cutler in, McCown out.

In other news, NFL.com reported today, Jan. 2 that Tampa Bay and Lovie Smith are finalizing their new deal.

NFL.com reported:

Lovie Smith will be the new coach in Tampa, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. The sides are finalizing a multiyear deal.

Along with Smith, another hot name is officially off the market. Former Penn State coach Bill O'Brien will become the new leader of the Houston Texans according to kare11.com. O'Brien will be the Texans third coach in the team's history. Terms have not been announced.

So with two of the "hot names" getting hired, who are the Detroit Lions going to choose as their new coach?

Bill Cowher's name has come up a lot with the Redskins as reports have said the former Steelers coach has met with Redskins owner Dan Snyder twice since Mike Shanahan was let go.

If that is true, that means the fire still burns inside the former Steelers front man, and maybe the Lions can get in on the Cowher sweepstakes.

The other former coach who always gets hype this time of year is Jon Gruden. However Gruden has said recently that he has "no interest" in any of the coaching jobs that are available right now.

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