One day after a former 49ers assistant, special-teams coach Brad Seely, was signed by the Raiders, a former Oakland assistant went in the opposite direction.
The 49ers agreed to a deal with Jason Tarver, the Raiders’ defensive coordinator the past three years, his agent said Wednesday. Tarver, 40, will coach the team’s linebackers, which he did for six seasons previously with the 49ers. He will have the additional title of senior defensive assistant.
Tarver’s old boss could be moving 35 miles to the south, too.
The 49ers are interested in hiring former Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano, a league source said. The team is believed to be interested in Sparano as tight ends coach, a position Sparano, 53, coached early in his career.
Adding Sparano would give first-time head coach Jim Tomsula someone with head-coaching experience. Sparano, the coach of the Miami Dolphins from 2008 to 2011, took over the Raiders this past season when Dennis Allen was fired following an 0-4 start. Oakland finished 3-13 with one of the wins against the 49ers in Week 14.
Sparano coached tight ends from 2001 to 2004 in Washington, Jacksonville and Dallas. He has close ties with Bill Parcells, working for him in Dallas and in Miami. Parcells has been a mentor to 49ers general manager Trent Baalke in recent years.
The 49ers haven’t officially announced any of the additions to Tomsula’s staff, and the three coordinator spots remain vacant.
The team is considering Eric Mangini, an offensive assistant the past two seasons, for defensive coordinator, a role he once had with the New England Patriots. The Raiders also have interviewed Mangini for that position.
San Francisco also would like to speak with Cincinnai Bengals secondary coach Vance Johnson, who got his NFL coaching start with the 49ers, for the defensive coordinator spot. The Bengals, however, have denied both the 49ers and Denver Broncos permission to interview Johnson.
Access also has been an issue at offensive coordinator.
The 49ers are eyeing Indianapolis assistant coach Rob Chudzinski, but their request to talk with him was turned down by the Colts, who may have plans to promote Chudzinski, 46, whose current title is special assistant to head coach Chuck Pagano.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday that Chudzinski’s contract will expire next week. That the Colts are not allowing him to interview elsewhere implies that they’d like to retain him. The St. Louis Rams – the only other team without an offensive coordinator – want to meet with Chudzinski, too.
Former Raiders coach Lane Kiffin and former Washington coach Mike Shanahan also have been linked to the 49ers’ offensive coordinator job. Geep Chryst, the 49ers’ quarterbacks coach the last four years, also is an option.
Familiarity appears to be a theme of Tomsula’s search.
He’s worked with Tarver, Mangini, Johnson and Thomas McGaughey, the front-runner to replace Seely as special-teams coach.
McGaughey held that post with the New York Jets last year and with LSU the three years before that. McGaughey coached with Tomsula for NFL Europe’s Scottish Claymores in 2002.
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