(USATODAY.com)- So much for Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell waiting for his college roommate Greg Roman to become available.
Caldwell and the Jags have settled on a new head coach in Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and are working toward a contract Thursday morning, according to a person informed of the progress of negotiations. The person, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because the deal is not yet finalized, said Bradley has been offered the job and accepted.
Roman, the San Francisco 49ers' offensive coordinator, has been unavailable to interview with Jacksonville because the Niners are still alive in postseason play. He would've been able to speak to the Jags in the first week of the playoffs, but Caldwell hadn't been hired yet and head coach Mike Mularkey hadn't been fired.
Bradley, 46, was the Seahawks' defensive coordinator for the past four seasons and was retained by Pete Carroll when he replaced Jim Mora in 2010. This past season, Bradley's defense gave up a league-low 15.3 points per game. He's the first head coach hired this offseason who has a defensive background.
Bradley was in line to be hired by the Philadelphia Eagles until Oregon's Chip Kelly re-entered the race. Had Kelly not become available for the Eagles once again, the team would've hired Bradley.
The Jags' settling on Bradley is the third head-coaching hire in the past two days. The Arizona Cardinals are the last of eight vacancies left. They interviewed Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians on Wednesday and are expected to continue talking to him Thursday, so their search could be wrapped up soon.