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Rams scout could be headed to New York Jets

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- As the St. Louis Rams continue searching for an offensive coordinator to complete their coaching staff, the scouting staff appears poised to lose one of its up-and-coming members.

ESPN New York Jets reporter Rich Cimini reported Wednesday that new Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan is eyeing Rams scout Brian Heimerdinger for a position in his ever-evolving front office.

Maccagnan began making alterations to his staff last week when he parted ways with top college scouts Terry Bradway and Jeff Bauer. According to Cimini's report, Heimerdinger's role with the Jets remains unclear, but the pair has a history from their time together with the Houston Texans, where Heimerdinger served as a scouting intern on a staff that included Maccagnan.

Heimerdinger has spent the past three seasons with the Rams as a player-personnel analyst, working simultaneously in college and professional scouting. On the college side, he serves as the Southwest area scout and the team's cross-checker of wide receivers. On the pro side, Heimerdinger is responsible for evaluating nine NFL rosters and cross-checking receivers, quarterbacks and tight ends in free agency.

The son of the late Mike Heimerdinger, Brian Heimerdinger is well-regarded by the Rams' staff and viewed in league circles as something of a rising star in the business.