Cowher interested in Bears?

Bill Cowher should be one of the most sought-after coaches during the offseason. Jason Bridge/US Presswire

Could another famous mustache be patrolling the sidelines at Soldier Field next season?

An unnamed source told the NFL Network the Bears and Houston Texanswould excite Bill Cowher, the former Pittsburgh Steelerscoach and current CBS television analyst. Two sources close to Cowher told the NFL Network they believe he is more ready now than at any time since retiring after the 2006 season to return to coaching, but he will remain very selective about his next move.

Cowher has reportedly made it known he will not make a decision on a team until after the season out of respect for coaches, such as Lovie Smith, who are not out of a job yet, and Cowher's current employer, CBS.

Cowher, who went 149-90-1 in 15 seasons as the Steelers' coach and won a Super Bowl after the 2005 season, is expected to command as much as $10 million a year.

The report also said the Carolina Panthers likely will make a run at Cowher, who lives in Raleigh, N.C., if they fire John Fox.