Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Saints DC Dennis Allen and assistant HC/TEs coach Dan Campbell are both in line to be free agents once New Orleans’ season is over.
According to Rapoport, both are considered priorities for the Saints this offseason.
Both Allen and Campbell interviewed for head-coaching jobs this offseason, so it would not be a surprise if they were in-demand coaches in the event the Saints are unable to get deals done with them.
Allen, 46, began his coaching career at Texans A&M as a graduate assistant back in 1996. He took his first NFL coaching position with the Falcons as their defensive quality control coordinator in 2002 before working for the Saints and Broncos.
The Raiders hired Allen as their head coach in 2012 and he spent three years in the position before he was fired. Allen returned to the Saints in 2015 and was promoted to defensive coordinator later that season.
In 2018, the Saints’ defense ranked No. 14 in total yards allowed, No. 14 in points allowed, No. 2 in rushing yards allowed and No. 29 in passing yards allowed.
Campbell, 42, is a former third-round pick of the Giants back in 1999. He played 11 seasons for the Giants, Cowboys, Lions and Saints.
Campbell began his coaching career with the Dolphins as an interim in 2010 and actually took over for Joe Philbin as the team’s interim head coach. The Saints hired him a year later as their assistant head coach/TEs coach.