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Dirk Koetter completes Buccaneers staff, hires Brett Maxie to be DB coach

Dec 11, 2011; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys secondary coach Brett Maxie talks with safety Abram Elam (26) with head coach Jason Garrett in the background during a break in the action against the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 11, 2011; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys secondary coach Brett Maxie talks with safety Abram Elam (26) with head coach Jason Garrett in the background during a break in the action against the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have hired former NFL player Brett Maxie as defensive backs coach.

Maxie spent the past two seasons as an assistant at Vanderbilt. Prior to that, he coached defensive backs with the Tennessee Titans for two years.

Maxie played 13 NFL seasons, entering the league as undrafted college free agent with the New Orleans Saints in 1985. He played nine seasons with the Saints before finishing his career with stints with the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers.

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