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Chip Kelly reaches out to San Francisco 49ers

By The Sports Xchange   |   Jan. 5, 2016 at 1:10 AM
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Chip Kelly's representatives have reached out to the San Francisco 49ers to express interest in their head coaching opening, according to reports Monday.

A league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter that the 49ers are likely to consider the former Philadelphia Eagles head coach who was fired last Tuesday with one game remaining and a 6-9 record in a disappointing season. Kelly has indicated he would like to remain in the NFL.

Jim Tomsula lasted one season as the 49ers' head coach after the team fired him Sunday following a 19-16 overtime win against the St. Louis Rams. San Francisco went 5-11 under Tomsula, who replaced Jim Harbaugh.

Kelly was 26-21 in three seasons with the Eagles after signing a five-year, $32.5 million contract to leave the University of Oregon in 2013.

The 49ers are expected to explore the potential of hiring coach Sean Payton if the New Orleans Saints make him available, sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Schefter.

NFL Media's Michael Silver reported that former Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan also has an interest in the 49ers' job. Shanahan, 63, last coached in 2013. He won two Super Bowls in Denver as a head coach and a ring in San Francisco as the offensive coordinator for the 49ers during their Super Bowl XXIX run.

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