Jets close to hiring Todd Bowles as head coach

Jets close to hiring Todd Bowles as head coach
Cardinals Defensive Coordinator is nearing an agreement to become the New York Jets head coach. (Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press)

A person with knowledge of the situation says the

New York Jets


are close to an agreement with

Arizona Cardinals

Defensive Coordinator

Todd Bowles

to make him their head coach.

Bowles told


that he was taking the job, but the person told The Associated Press that no agreement had been completed as of late Tuesday night.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been finalized.

A few hours after hiring Mike Maccagnan as their general manager Tuesday, the Jets were closing in on signing the 51-year-old Bowles to replace

Rex Ryan

, who was fired, along with General Manager John Idzik, on Dec. 29 after six seasons.

Bowles was a highly sought candidate after leading Arizona's defense the last two seasons.