Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Patriots are hiring Patriots DL coach Bret Bielema for an undisclosed role on Joe Judge’s staff.
According to Rapoport, the two parties are still finalizing details and his eventual role.
Bielema spent this past season with the Patriots coaching the defensive line after initially receiving some interest for defensive coordinator.
Bielema, 50, began his coaching career at Iowa as a graduate assistant back in 1994. He worked his way up to LBs coach before departing for a job at Kansas State.
Wisconsin later hired Bielema as their defensive coordinator in 2004 and promoted him to head coach two years later. He spent seven years as the team’s head coach before departing for the head-coaching job at Arkansas.
Unfortunately, Arkansas fired Bielema after five years and he agreed to join the Patriots in 2018 as a consultant.
During his coaching career at Wisconsin and Arkansas, Bielema posted a record of 97-58 (62.5 percent) and 10 bowl appearances.