Vic Fangio indeed will join the Miami Dolphins as defensive coordinator after days of interviewing with other teams, ESPN reported Thursday.
Fangio officially will accept the Dolphins’ post after the Super Bowl, per the report.
NFL Network reported Sunday that the Dolphins had made Fangio the highest-paid coordinator in the NFL. However, he pushed back, telling reporters he was “weighing his options.”
One of those options reportedly was with new head coach Sean Payton in Denver, where Fangio was fired as head coach a year ago. Fangio also was linked to San Francisco after DeMeco Ryans left to become the head coach of the Houston Texans.
However, the Niners reportedly are leaning toward Steve Wilks, and Payton is in talks with current Broncos DC Ejiro Evero about staying on.
Fangio, 64, was 19-30 in three seasons with the Broncos from 2019-21. It was his first head coaching position.
Before that, he spent 19 seasons as an NFL defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers (1995-98), Indianapolis Colts (1999-2001), Texans (2002-05), 49ers (2011-14) and Chicago Bears (2015-18). He was also the DC at Stanford in 2010.
Fangio spent the 2022 season as a defensive consultant with the Philadelphia Eagles, who will meet the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII on Feb. 12.
The Dolphins fired defensive coordinator Josh Boyer on Jan. 19 after three seasons.