As Robert Saleh reportedly prepares for a second interview to be the head coach of the New York Jets, another team has entered the mix.
The Philadelphia Eagles reportedly have asked for permission to interview the 49ers' defensive coordinator for their now-vacant head-coaching position, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tuesday.
Philadelphia parted ways with Doug Pederson on Monday. Prior to Week 17, it was reported that the Eagles were expected to retain Pederson, believing he could turn things around. But Pederson reportedly was tired of people telling him what to do and how to run his team, so the two sides elected to split.
Saleh has been a hot commodity this offseason. The 49ers' defensive coordinator already has interviewed with the Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Chargers, Atlanta Falcons and the Jets, with New York becoming the first team to bring him into the building for a second interview.
Of all the open jobs, the Eagles' opening might be the least attractive. Philadelphia has no salary-cap space, limited offensive weapons and a quarterback controversy. The only attractive aspect of the Eagles' job is that Saleh would be coaching in the NFC East where the 7-9 Washington Football Team just won the division.
If Saleh has his pick of potential jobs, the Chargers, Jaguars and Jets all are more attractive than the mess he would have to clean up in Philadelphia.
One thing is clear: The 49ers almost certainly will be looking for a new defensive coordinator in the coming weeks.