Lions name Jauron as defensive coordinator

Detroit hires top defensive assistant on the market to a 3-year deal for just under $3 million in a major upgrade to their coaching staff.

(ALLEN PARK) - The Detroit Lions signed former Chicago Bears coach Dick Jauron to a three-year contract to become their defensive coordinator replacing Kurt Schottenheimer. While Detroit does not release contract details, several published reports say it is for just under $1 million per season. Sources tell that it is for $2.85 million for three years.

The move is a major upgrade for the Detroit Lions coaching staff after two years under former Kansas City Chiefs and Washington Redskins' defensive coordinator Kurt Schottenheimer, including a ranking of 13th in the NFC and 24th in the NFL this season.

Jauron's defenses helped lead the Jacksonville Jaguars to three playoff appearances in four years including an appearance in the AFC championship game that propelled him to the head coaching position in Chicago.

The 53-year old has a history with Detroit Lions head coach Steve Mariucci and was rumored to be his choice for the position on the day he was let go by the Bears. Jauron was the Green Bay Packers secondary coach at the same time Mariucci was tutoring Favre as the team's quarterback coach.

While no press conference is imminent as of this writing, Detroit is expected to officially announced Jauron's hiring after meeting with Schottenheimer later today.

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