ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday that the Seahawks are interested in bringing back their former defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.
However, Schefter didn’t say in what capacity Bradley could return.
Bradley is expected to be a hot commodity in the coming days as a free agent, so there will be competition for him. To make matters more complicated for the Seahawks, they still have current defensive coordinator Kris Richard under contract.
Richard has reportedly interviewed for the Colts’ head coach position, so there’s a chance he could depart Seattle.
Brady Henderson writes that another possibility is that the Seahawks won’t bring Richard back as their defensive coordinator for the 2018 season. However, Henderson admits that there hasn’t been any indication up to this point that this is a consideration for the Seahawks.
If Seattle retains Richard, they could offer Bradley a defensive consultant role, but it’s hard to say that this would be an appealing option for Bradley considering the level of interest he should have in coordinator positions.
Bradley, 51, began his NFL coaching career with the Buccaneers back in 2006 as their linebackers coach. After three years in Tampa Bay, Bradley departed to become the defensive coordinator of the Seahawks.
The Jaguars hired Bradley as their head coach in 2013 and he spent the next four years in Jacksonville before he was fired.
Last year, the Chargers hired Bradley as their defensive coordinator but he elected to sign just a one-year contract to hopefully set himself up for a better position this offseason.
In four years with the Jaguars, Bradley produced a record of 14-47 (23 percent) and no playoff appearances.