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Source: Bills trying to land Greg Roman today; Bowles to have 2nd interview with 49ers?

San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, center, reportedly will meet with the Buffalo Bills to talk about becoming their offensive coordinator.
San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, center, reportedly will meet with the Buffalo Bills to talk about becoming their offensive coordinator. Associated Press

Greg Roman will meet today with the owners of the Buffalo Bills about becoming that team's offensive coordinator, a league source said.

Roman, who is still under contract with the 49ers, was in Jacksonville Saturday to interview for the Jaguars' opening at offensive coordinator. The Bills' owners, Terry and Kim Pegula, have a home in Boca Raton, Fla. If Roman accepts the job, he would work with ex-Jets head coach Rex Ryan, whom the Bills are expected to announce as their new head coach early this week.

Meanwhile, CBS Sports reported the 49ers will conduct a second interview with Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, whom the team met with on Friday. Bowles' agent, however, said he didn't know when that interview would take place and the 49ers aren't believed to have set up any second interviews at this point.

Bowles is the last of the known candidates to meet with the team. The Cardinals' coordinator also is drawing interest from other teams, including the Falcons, who had been considered the favorite to land Ryan as their head coach.

The 49ers obviously are familiar with Bowles’ work, and they were impressed by what he did with the injury-plagued Arizona defense this past season. The unit finished 24th in yards allowed but fifth in points allowed. Bowles also has strong ties to Bill Parcells, who has served as a mentor to general manager Trent Baalke in the past.

Bowles was a secondary coach under Parcells in Dallas in 2004 and 2005. He also was on the Jets and Dolphins staffs when Parcells was an executive with those teams. Bowles also was a member of the 49ers’ secondary in 1991.

Ryan and Roman, meanwhile, worked on the same staff with the Baltimore Ravens in 2006-07, and Roman's run-heavy offenses mesh well with Ryan's philosophy. In 2012, the 49ers rushed for 247 yards in a 34-0 win over Ryan's Jets. That same year, the 49ers beat the Bills 45-3 in a game in which San Francisco became the first team to accumulate more than 300 rushing yards and 300 passing yards in the same contest.

There’s a good chance that if Roman takes the job in Buffalo he will bring some current 49ers assistants, including receivers coach John Morton, with him.

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