Ian Rapoport reports that the Bears would like to keep DC Vic Fangio in place as their defensive coordinator under new HC Matt Nagy.
However, Fangio is reportedly the Packers’ “top choice” and Green Bay is hoping to set up an interview with him now that he’s officially a free agent.
Yesterday, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reported that the Bears made it known to their head-coaching candidates that they were interested in retaining Fangio.
According to Biggs, it’s believed that Fangio was one of the highest-paid defensive coordinators in the NFL this past season at more than $2 million, trailing perhaps only Rams DC Wade Phillips. Biggs says that it will likely require a pay raise to keep Fangio.
Biggs adds that it would not be a surprise if the Packers were atop the list of a few teams.
Fangio, 59, began his NFL coaching career with the Saints back in 1986 as their linebackers coach. He has worked for several teams including the Panthers, Colts, Texans, Ravens and 49ers before he was hired by the Bears as their defensive coordinator back in 2015.
We’ll have more regarding Fangio as the news is available.