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Ed Donatell has emerged as the favorite to fill the Minnesota Vikings’ defensive coordinating role, sources told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler and Dan Graziano.
An agreement has not been reached yet, but the parties are working on it, the sources said.
The Vikings are expected to hire Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell as their new head coach after the Super Bowl LVI, sources have told ESPN. With Donatell, O’Connell will have a coordinator with 31 years of NFL coaching experience leading his defense.
The Vikings are not allowed to announce O’Connell’s appointment until after the end of the Super Bowl because his team is still playing.
It was expected that Donatell would join Pete Carroll’s staff with the Seattle Seahawks, but now Seattle is preparing for the possibility that he will join the Vikings.
The 65-year-old Donatell has 10 seasons of experience as an NFL defensive coordinator, including the last three on former Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio’s staff. He was also the University of Washington’s defensive coordinator in 2008.
The Broncos’ defense finished in eighth place in the NFL in allowed yards (5,544) and third in allowed points (322) this season under Donatell.
In other news, the Vikings announced Wednesday that they have hired former Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson for a senior staff position in their front office. Grigson had worked as a senior adviser in the Cleveland Browns ‘front office with Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, who was hired as the Vikings’ general manager last month.