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Schefter: Dave Wannstedt Could Talk To Bills About Coaching Opportunity

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Former Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins and University of Pittsburgh head coach Dave Wannstedt could discuss a coaching opportunity with the Buffalo Bills, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter (via Twitter).

We first heard whispers that Wannstedt could be linked to Buffalo over the holidays, and just last week, the Bills released inside linebackers coach DeMontie Cross from his contract, creating a vacancy defensively. Wannstedt, who worked with current Bills head coach Chan Gailey in Miami (Gailey was Wannstedt's offensive coordinator in 2000 and 2001), has 35 years' worth of coaching experience, ranging from defensive line work all the way up to the top job.

It's not clear if Gailey has a specific role in mind for Wannstedt, particularly with George Edwards entrenched as the defensive coordinator and the only job opening at the inside linebacker position. A special title would almost certainly be involved. Wannstedt also has an opportunity to join Pitt's athletic department.

Schefter also reports that Wannstedt could talk about coaching opportunities with the Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns and San Diego Chargers. San Diego is looking for a new defensive coordinator now that Ron Rivera has been named Carolina's head coach, and Wannstedt could also serve on Rivera's Panthers staff in some capacity.