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Parcells on Bucs: 'Absolutely not'

By Len Pasquarelli

Bill Parcells says he isn't considering a comeback.

Debunking a broadcast report that he had reversed his field on the Tampa Bay job he rejected more than a week ago, Parcells said Monday that he has no plans to coach the Buccaneers, and that he will stay retired.

"Absolutely not," said Parcells when asked if he changed his mind about returning to the league. "Nothing has changed. I'm not coaching the Bucs or anyone else."

There were rampant rumors over the past several days that Parcells, who signed a non-binding agreement with Tampa Bay officials nearly eight weeks ago and then opted not to accept a four-year deal worth about $4.3 million annually, had experienced a change of heart.

Those rumors were then fueled by a Monday radio report that Parcells, a finalist this year for the Hall of Fame, had contacted Bucs ownership about reviving the deal.

Sources close to Parcells allowed that the former coach of the New York Giants, New England Patriots and the Ned York Jets might have had some remorse in the days following his decision to not join the Bucs.

The same sources agreed, though, that Parcells is almost certainly done coaching.

"I don't know where this latest thing got started," said Jimmy Sexton, the agent for Parcells, "but there isn't a shred of truth to it."

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.

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