PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 02: Head coach Chip Kelly of the Oregon Ducks celebrates after the Ducks 45-38 victory over the Wisconsin Badgers at the 98th Rose Bowl Game on January 2, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly is reportedly in contract negotiations with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Oregon Ducks might have to deal with some big-time news for the program. Oregon head coach Chip Kelly might be heading to the NFL. Multiple sources say that Kelly is serious in his talks with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. KGW filed the original report.
A source close to the situation told KGW Kelly will make the jump to the NFL if he can come to terms on a contract.
Kelly is still Oregon's head coach and will remain so if negotiations stall. But the source did say the deal was in its final stages.
Kelly has had an incredible record in Eugene, pushing Oregon to its greatest heights, with three conference championships, a 34-6 record, two Rose Bowl appearances (including a victory) and a national championship appearance after the 2010 season. Kelly and Oregon were looking like a serious threat to return to the title game next season, despite the losses of quarterback Darron Thomas and running back LaMichael James.
For a few years, people have been wondering about whether Kelly's offense could work at the next level. It looks like there's a decent chance we're about to find out if it works.