The Bucs recently fired head coach Dirk Koetter after three seasons with the team.
"I've known him for a long time", Arians told Eisen.
Arians, 66, stepped down a year ago in an apparent retirement after going 49-30-1 as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals from 2013 to 2017.
Schefter went on to say Arians would be the team's next head coach. He stepped down as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals at the end of the 2017 season. He's expected to turn around a franchise that has failed to make the playoffs since the 2007 season.
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Bowles played for Arians at Temple before two successful seasons as Arians' defensive coordinator in Arizona.
General manager Jason Licht also interviewed Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards and Dallas Cowboys defensive backs coach and defensive passing game coordinator Kris Richard. Rapoport added that Arians hopes to finalize deals with Harold Goodwin as run game coordinator-offensive line coach, Byron Leftwich as pass game coordinator and Clyde Christianson as quarterbacks coach.
Arians is a two-time Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year.
Now, Arians and Leftwich will try to work their magic with the Bucs, who certainly have some talented playmakers to work with on offense.
He has a reputation for developing quarterbacks like Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck.