Ex-New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan Set to Join the Buffalo Bills

By Alan Schechter

Rex Ryan has reason to smile this morning, as it looks like his time on the unemployment line is coming to an end.

Per Ian Rappaport, Rex Ryan is set to become the next head coach of the Buffalo Bills. Ryan was in Buffalo last night for a second interview, and the Bills have decided not to let him get out of town without offering the job, which he has reportedly accepted. According to the Daily News, the deal is for five years, earning Ryan $27.5 million.

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It had been originally assumed that Ryan was going to head to Atlanta to take over for Mike Smith, but now he remains in the AFC East, taking over a team with an already talented defense. His decision at offensive coordinator is going to be huge, because he takes over a team with a quarterback situation similar to the New York Jets, with E.J. Manuel currently at the helm, and Kyle Orton retired.

Reports say he is leaning towards former 49ers coordinator Greg Roman for the job. According to Rappaport, Dennis Thurman may be joining him to lead the defense, though other notes say he may retain Jim Schwartz.

Congratulations to Rex Ryan on getting another job, although I am sure I join most Jets fans that will now not be able to root for him to get his Super Bowl. Here’s hoping the Jets don’t let big Muhammad Wilkerson get away.