The Saints are among teams with interest in Dan Campbell, sources tell Ed Werder of ESPN.com (on Twitter). The Vikings, Cowboys, and Chargers were previously identified as teams with interest in the former Dolphins interim head coach.
After taking over the Dolphins midway through the season, Miami wound up being the only team to give Campbell a head coaching interview. When Adam Gase was hired as the team’s new head coach, Campbell decided to move on and pursue other opportunities.
In his first stint as an NFL head coach, Campbell had mixed results. After taking over for Joe Philbin when the Dolphins were 1-3, the interim head coach led the team to consecutive blowout wins to get back to .500. However, Miami won just three of its final 10 games, finishing with a 6-10 record for the season and a 5-7 mark under Campbell.
Campbell, a tight end himself over the course of his NFL playing career, served as the Dolphins’ tight ends coach prior to his promotion. It stands to reason that he could be in line for another tight ends coaching job somewhere, though that position is not available in New Orleans. Dan Roushar is the club’s tight ends coach, moving to that spot last season after the Saints fired Terry Malone.
Campbell and Saints head coach Sean Payton have some history together. Campbell, a former tight end, was drafted by the Giants in 1999, when Payton was coaching quarterbacks and later moved up to offensive coordinator. In 2003, Campbell signed with the Cowboys as a free agent and Payton was also there as an offensive assistant. The two were then together in Dallas for another three seasons.
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