NEW YORK — A year after drafting quarterback Carson Wentz with the No. 1 overall pick, the San Francisco 49ers have a buyer in mind.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the team is in discussions with former Seattle Seahawks and Miami Dolphins coach Tom Cable to lead the team’s coaching search.
The 49ers already have a general manager and a head coach in place, but Cable is expected to take over as their new head coach this season.
Cable would be the first NFL head coach since Mike Shanahan in 2008 to have his name on a head coaching vacancy.
Cable, 49ers president of football operations Trent Baalke and general manager Trent Baalkes are all under contract through 2021, so a hire would likely be expected.
The team also has interest in New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, but they have yet to make a formal offer.
Rapoports reported the 49er’s interest in Cable was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who is also a longtime ESPN NFL Insider contributor.
Cable has a reputation for being a tough negotiator and, with Wentz and the No, 1 overall selection, the 49ERS have a chance to keep a coach they want.
The club also has the option of adding a franchise quarterback to a roster in 2018 and 2019, per Rapopors reports.
The Niners are currently 0-6 under Cable and the first three games of the season have been embarrassing.
They’ve averaged 29 points in their last two games.
This season, the Niners rank last in the NFL in total offense (315.9 yards per game) and last in yards per play (25.7).
Their average of 7.7 yards per attempt is their lowest mark in over a decade.
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