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Byrd rejoins Smith as Buccaneers cornerbacks coach

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Gill Byrd joins the Buccaneers staff.
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have hired Gill Byrd as their cornerbacks coach.

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A two-time Pro Bowl selection during 10 seasons as a player with the San Diego Chargers, Byrd joins the staff being assembled by new Bucs coach Lovie Smith.

Byrd also served under Smith in Chicago, where he worked in defensive quality control in 2006. He was the Bears' assistant defensive backs coach in 2007, then added safeties coach to his title from 2008 to 2012.

Byrd played for the Chargers from 1983 to 1992. He's the team's career interceptions leader with 42.

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