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Raiders get green light to talk to Mangini

In what might be a prelude to coach Norv Turner's decision on a key staff position, the Raiders have been granted permission to discuss with Patriots secondary coach Eric Mangini the club's defensive coordinator spot.

Updated: February 7, 2004, 12:39 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

In what might be a prelude to coach Norv Turner's decision on a key staff position, the Raiders have been granted permission to discuss the club's defensive coordinator spot with Patriots secondary coach Eric Mangini.

Mangini, 33, is regarded as one of the NFL's brightest young defensive minds and there were persistent rumors during Super Bowl week that the Raiders would contact him once the championship game was over. Mangini's contract expires at the end of this month and he essentially ...

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