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Former Bears coach accepts three-year deal

Courted by at least three franchises seeking a new defensive coordinator, former Chicago Bears head coach Dick Jauron has agreed to join the staff of Detroit Lions coach Steve Mariucci, ESPN.com has learned.

Updated: January 18, 2004, 7:13 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Courted by at least three franchises in need of a defensive coordinator, former Chicago Bears coach Dick Jauron agreed Sunday to take on that role in Detroit.

Jauron, 53, agreed to a three-year contract worth about $1 million annually. He replaces Kurt Schottenheimer, whose unit ranked 24th statistically this season. Schottenheimer is to remain on the Lions staff.

Highly respected around the league, Jauron declined opportunities from the St. Louis Rams and the New York Giants. Most ...

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