Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin accepted the Pittsburgh Steelers' coaching job last night and was working out a four-year contract he hoped to complete today, people close to the search told the Associated Press.
They requested anonymity because the Steelers have asked all parties involved in the search to not speak to reporters until they can make the announcement, which could come today or tomorrow.
Tomlin is expected to make around $2.5 million per year, the going rate of late for first-time NFL coaching hires. Former Steelers coach Bill Cowher resigned Jan. 5 following 15 seasons after apparently rejecting a $6 million-per-year contract extension offer earlier this year.
Tomlin has been the Vikings' coordinator for one season. He was a Tampa Bay assistant for five seasons before that
The 34-year-old will become the first black coach in the Steelers' 74-season history.
Seahawks. Jim Mora agreed to become an assistant head coach to Seattle's Mike Holmgren less than three weeks after being fired as coach of the Atlanta Falcons.
Mora played outside linebacker at Washington from 1981 to '83.
The Seahawks said Mora's title is assistant head coach/secondary, but his duties have not been defined.
Mora, the 45-year-old son of former NFL coach Jim Mora, went 26-22 in three seasons with the Falcons.
Falcons. Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick was not carrying marijuana when stopped by security Wednesday at Miami International Airport, ESPN reported.
Citing anonymous NFL sources, ESPN reported that Vick was not carrying marijuana or any other illegal substance. The report also cited an anonymous Falcons source, who said the team expects to hear something formal by today.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello would not comment on the report.
On Wednesday, Vick reluctantly surrendered a water bottle to security at the Miami airport. He was not arrested and was allowed to board an AirTran flight to Atlanta.
The bottle was found to have a compartment that contained "a small amount of dark particulate and a pungent aroma closely associated with marijuana," the police report said.