Sources: Saints DC likely to join Rams

Updated: January 17, 2012, 12:39 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

ST. LOUIS -- Jeff Fisher and the St. Louis Rams have reached agreement on a five-year contract, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Fisher will sign the deal Tuesday, according to the source.

The Rams have a news conference scheduled for 1 p.m. CT Tuesday to introduce Fisher.

League sources have also told ESPN's Schefter that New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is expected to join Fisher's staff in the same role.

Though the Rams had not confirmed the hire, Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma tweeted "Gregg williams is a great coach, I wish him luck in st Louis."

As for the Rams' offensive coordinator, a team source told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen that Fisher will interview former Raiders coach Hue Jackson on Wednesday.

A team spokesman said Fisher would discuss his staff at the news conference.

Williams was in the final year of his contract and became available after the Saints' 36-32 playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday.

Williams has called Fisher one of his closest friends in the coaching business. They were together in Tennessee from 1994-2000.

Jackson will be the second candidate under consideration for the job after Fisher visited for part of the past two days with former New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, who is a favorite for the position but has yet to receive an offer, sources told ESPN. Jackson has received a strong endorsement from Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, who has served on the league's competition committee with Fisher.

Packers quarterback coach Tom Clements is also on Fisher's list of offensive coordinator candidates but Fisher will reassess his list after interviewing Jackson, a team source added.

Fisher sat out last season after 17 years with the Titans. Fisher was the top coaching candidate this offseason and picked St. Louis, 2-14 last year and with only 15 wins the last five years, over Miami.

St. Louis has the second pick in the draft, and is picking first or second for the fourth time in five years. Fisher replaces Steve Spagnuolo, who was 10-38 in three seasons, and the Rams also are seeking a general manager to replace Billy Devaney.

Information from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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