Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
Is Minnesota defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier the leading candidate for the St. Louis Rams' head-coaching job? Multiple media outlets are reporting that information, including Adam Schefter of NFL.com.
Rams general manager Billy Devaney told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that five candidates remain in the running, including Frazier. But the Post-Dispatch also reported that Frazier has emerged as the front-runner. If that's true, it's likely an offer could be extended Friday and negotiations on a contract would conclude by the weekend.
If Frazier departs, the Vikings would be searching for their eighth new defensive coordinator in the past 11 seasons. We'll bring you a post later Friday speculating on possible replacements.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Former Rams coach Jim Haslett would seem to be the leading candidate for the Packers' defensive coordinator job. But Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports there are indications that Packers coach Mike McCarthy wants to interview at least three more candidates before making a final decision.
Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette also suggests McCarthy has more candidates in mind.
In a mailbag edition of his column, David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune addresses whether the Bears should pursue receiver Terrell Owens if he is released by Dallas.
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times speculates on the Bears' possible loot in the NFL's compensatory draft pick program after losing wide receiver Bernard Berrian, tight end John Gilmore and special teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo last offseason.
Former Detroit defensive coordinator Joe Barry will join Tampa Bay's coaching staff as linebackers coach, according to ESPN.com.