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49ers to add Tony Sparano as tight ends coach

Oakland Raiders head coach Tony Sparano talks with line judge Ron Marinucci (107) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Denver.
Oakland Raiders head coach Tony Sparano talks with line judge Ron Marinucci (107) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Denver. AP

The 49ers will hire ex-Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano to coach their tight ends, ESPN reported today.

Sparano, 53, gives the 49ers someone with head-coaching experience. He was in charge of the Dolphins from 2008-11, compiling a 29-32 record over that span. He was named the Jets offensive coordinator in 2012 and the next year joined the Raiders as offensive line coach.

When the Raiders began the most recent season 0-4, head coach Dennis Allen was fired and Sparano tapped to run the team. Oakland finished 3-13 with one of the wins coming over the 49ers in Week 14. Sparano coached tight ends from 2001-04 in Washington, Jacksonville and Dallas.

He also has close ties with Bill Parcells having served under him in Dallas and in Miami. Parcells has served as a mentor to 49ers general manager Trent Baalke.

The 49ers’ interest in Sparano first was reported by The Bee on Wednesday.

Sparano in one of two ex-Raiders the 49ers will add. The team reached an agreement with Oakland’s former defensive coordinator, Jason Tarver, to coach linebackers on Wednesday. Tarver, 40, also has the title of senior defensive assistant.

San Francisco also is reportedly interested in ex-Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin as an offensive coordinator. Kiffin currently runs the University of Alabama's offense.

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