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Buffalo Bills Could Hire an Old Rival's Fired Head Coach -- and Pay Him $5.5 Million a Year

Rex Ryan. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (TheBlaze/AP) — A person familiar with the Buffalo Bills' coaching search has told the Associated Press the team has offered the job to former New York Jets coach Rex Ryan.

Rex Ryan. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

The person says the sides are negotiating the final details of a contract Sunday morning. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Bills have not revealed details of their search to replace Doug Marrone, who stepped down abruptly Dec. 31.

ESPN reported that Ryan would be paid $5.5 million, and that he would likely bring San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman along with him, while keeping the Bills' defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.

The offer was made a day after the Bills identified Ryan as a finalist and interviewed him for a second time. Ryan was fired by the Jets after a 4-12 season.

Ryan was one of 12 candidates to interview for the Bills job since last weekend. Ryan had a 50-52 record, including 4-2 in the playoffs, in six seasons coaching Buffalo's AFC East rival.

See more on the deal from ESPN below:

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