Valero could be named offensive coordinator or offensive line coach
Former Tampa Bay Bucs assistant head coach Art Valero has signed a contract with the St. Louis Rams.
His position on coach Scott Linehan's staff is yet to be determined.
Valero, 49, had been with the Bucs for six seasons, serving as tight ends coach (2002-2003), running backs coach (2004-2005) and assistant head coach (2006-2007).
St. Louis has openings for an offensive line coach and offensive coordinator. Valero worked in both capacities at the college level. Linehan dismissed offensive line coach Paul Boudreau and demoted offensive coordinator Greg Olson. It is not clear if Olson will remain on the staff as a position coach.
Tampa Bay is undergoing changes. The contracts of several assistants, including legendary defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, have expired. There could be other changes for the Bucs beyond Valero's departure.
Linehan and Valero have twice worked together in the college ranks. Valero was assistant head coach and offensive line coach at the University of Louisville (1998-2001) during part of Linehan's tenure as offensive coordinator. In the early 1990s, the two worked together the University of Idaho; Valero was offensive coordinator and Linehan wide receivers coach.
Valero worked in the NFL under the league's minority fellowship program with three different teams before joining the Tampa Bay staff in 2002.
Senior writer Len Pasquarelli covers the NFL for ESPN.com.