Clayton: No truth to Cowher-Bears report

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Contrary to a prior report, the Bears have not reached out to anybody associated with former Steeler's coach Bill Cowher, according to ESPN's John Clayton.

"Literally about two minutes ago I was just talking to someone about this in the Bill Cowher camp," Clayton said during an appearance with the Afternoon Saloon on ESPN 1000. "That is 100 percent inaccurate. No reaching out to Bill Cowher and no reaching out to Bill Cowher representatives, friends or anything of that nature."

"Bill has made it known that he doesn’t want to affect any current coach, whether it is an interim coach or a head coach, who is under a contract until the end of the season," Clayton said. "He wants to be true to all the coaches that are currently coaching. There is no contact or illusion of a contact … but I will tell you this factually, he is interested in two jobs: one being the Chicago Bears, and the other being the Houston Texans. Both would have to open for that to happen but he is interested. But in the end there hasn’t been anything that has happened that would give him any indication that he would be contacted."