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There is already speculation that Nick Saban will jump to the NFL and 2 teams keep getting mentioned

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With Alabama's win over Clemson in the College Football Playoff championship game, Nick Saban has now won four championships in seven years and five overall. This has already led to speculation that he will return to the one place he didn't succeed, the NFL.

After winning a championship with LSU, Saban left to coach the Miami Dolphins for two seasons. After going 9-7 in his first season, the Dolphins fell to 6-10 in Year 2 and Saban quickly jumped back to the college ranks to join Alabama. Previously, Saban spent several years serving as a defensive coordinator under Bill Belichick with the Cleveland Browns.

Will Saban now return to the NFL? NFL teams have attempted to lure Saban before and failed. Now there is speculation they will try again, and two teams keep getting mentioned ahead of the others: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Giants.

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The Giants are currently without a coach after Tom Coughlin resigned last week. The team also has a history with Saban, having tried to hire him to be their coach in 1997 when he was still the head coach at Michigan State. Those negotiations broke down whenSaban demanded control over personnel and the coaching staff.

Former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel was a guest on "The Dan Patrick Show" and said he wouldn't be surprised if Saban ended up with the Giants as early as this week.

"I wouldn't be shocked if we hear he is going to the New York Giants this week," Neuheisel told Dan Patrick. "This is about Nick Saban ... There is going to be a moment where he is flying home where Jimmy Sexton, his agent, is going to call and say, 'here is what the Giants want to do.' And he is going to think about it ... You are crazy if you are the New York Giants and you don't take a swing at Nick Saban."

Despite the previous connection to the Giants, the team that some feel makes even more sense is the Bucs.

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Like the Giants, the Bucs has previously shown interest in hiring Saban, with their overtures coming in 2012, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. And like the Giants, the Bucs are still currently without a coach despite speculation that they fired Lovie Smith after two seasons with the intention of promoting offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk was also a guest on "The Dan Patrick Show" and discussed the possibility of the Bucs going after Saban.

"[The Bucs job] is the one that makes the most sense," Florio said. "If this suspicion is accurate that they are just going to promote Dirk Koetter into the job, why don't they do it? I think they are waiting to see if Nick calls today. You have a lot more leverage in those negotiations if Nick Saban is the one who calls you up and says 'You've got Jameis Winston. I tried to get him to Alabama and he went to Florida State. He's a pretty good quarterback. I understand now that the only way I am going to win in the NFL is if I have a pretty good quarterback.' It wouldn't shock me if he rolls out of bed today or tomorrow and isn't at least intrigued by the possibility, because he is only going to come back to the NFL if he has a great quarterback and there is a chance Jameis Winston is a great quarterback."

What Florio is alluding to here is Saban's previous comments that he would still be coaching the Dolphins if they had signed Drew Brees in 2006, suggesting that he would only return to the NFL if he had a quarterback he had confidence in.

Of course, the Giants have a pretty good quarterback of their own. Either way, the next week could be very interesting for the future of Saban, the Alabama football teams, and one potentially very happy NFL team.

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HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 09: Frankie Hammond #85 of the Kansas City Chiefs makes a catch against the Houston Texans during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at NRG Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware (32) scores in the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans during the AFC Wild Card game on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at NRG Stadium in Houston. The Chiefs won, 30-0. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 09: The Kansas City Chiefs huddle in the first quarter against the Houston Texans during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at NRG Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 09: Cairo Santos #5 of the Kansas City Chiefs makes an extra point in the third quarter against the Houston Texans during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at NRG Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 09: Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs is tackled by Kevin Johnson #30 of the Houston Texans in the second quarter during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at NRG Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 09: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is unable to catch a pass as he is defended by Chris Lewis-Harris #37 of the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth quarter during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 09: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is unable to catch a pass as he is defended by Leon Hall #29 of the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth quarter during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 10: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks reacts after being sacked in the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at TCFBank Stadium on January 10, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 10: A general view of fans during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks at TCFBank Stadium on January 10, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 10: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings fumbles the ball in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at TCFBank Stadium on January 10, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 10: Blair Walsh #3 of the Minnesota Vikings misses a 27-yard field goal in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at TCFBank Stadium on January 10, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Seattle Seahawks defeat the Minnesota Vikings with a score of 10 to 9. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - JANUARY 10: Wide receiver James Jones #89 of the Green Bay Packers is tackled by cornerback Quinton Dunbar #47 of the Washington Redskins in the second quarter during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at FedExField on January 10, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - JANUARY 10: Inside linebacker Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers in action against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on January 10, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD- JANUARY 10: Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) is sacked by Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Mike Neal (96) for a 16 yard loss on fourth down with just under three minutes left tin the fourth quarter of the NFC Wild Card playoff game between the Washington Redskins and the Green Bay Packers at FedEx Field on Sunday, January 10, 2016. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/ The Washington Post via Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - JANUARY 10: Jeff Janis #83 of the Green Bay Packers is tackled by Tanard Jackson #36 of the Washington Redskins during a kick-off return in the first quarter during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at FedExField on January 10, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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